Like most software consultants and published authors, I have never liked this “wide screen” trend forced on us by monitor makers. Yes, perhaps movies benefit from a screen which is twice as wide as it is tall, but neither source code nor prose obtain any benefit at all. What good is it to display three pages across when you can only get half of each page height wise?
Ever since computers were invented, ASCII report files were told to assume a system line printer capable of 66 lines per page and 132 column width. Band and drum printers usually also had a pricey eight line per inch mode which could get you 88 lines per page. Laser printers came on the market with dynamic Postscript capabilities which pushed maximum widths of 255 characters in landscape mode and up to 130 lines.
Why do monitor makers ignore the fact most users need to view the output on their monitor?
It appears monitor makers have finally started to listen.
Could the death of wide screen finally be near?