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Discussion on: Should desktop sites have a max-width?

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Jon Lehman

I share similar opinions as others have previously commented. It does depend on the purpose and content of the site but in general as a user (ultra-wide display is my primary) I find the centered content ideal and I don't mind the whitespace on the sides. Though, like others mentioned secondary bits of information that are placed outside of the centered container or visual elements that bleed the full width of the screen are also nice.

I would definitely consider a centered container if your primary content consists of bodies of text. Readability guidelines for optimal line length go way back to the earlier days of printing. General rules of thumb suggest a line length of between 50-75 characters. Reading a long article that spans the entire width of a wide monitor is exhausting IMHO, and I tend to lose my place when my eyes follow the text wrapping.