From: Cologne, Germany
To support larger fonts without dynamic dialog support you would have to increase the minimum screen size from the current 1024 x 768 or dominate the scren with the side bar at the expense of the battlemap. i don't think the latter is a good option and the former one would disenfranchise a lot of notebook customers.
Most notebooks these days have widescreen displays. Looking at the current poll result (not representative tho), I'd say it would be wiser to increase the minumum size, especially since many of the remaining CRTs (and 4:3 TFTs) still in use are either ending up on the junkyards these days or will get there pretty soon.
My excellent EIZO F56 17" CRT, which I bought in 1996, died in Summer 2010 (!). I'd consider this to be a miracle, being used daily for 14 years, crystal clear image with no loss of visual quality (just had to raise the brightness lvl some more, as it got darker on norm. settings), if I wouldn't have heard about a number of EIZO F56 CRTs at SHELL Germany, being used for some 10 yrs in 2008 (still there afaik, used 24/7 by their IT dep.).
But I'd consider this kinda quality and longevity to be rare. Most CRTs will be gone. Even many old notebooks have native resolutions of around 1100 something (so above 1024) and/or higher. My Lenovo IdeaPad S10 netbook has a native res of 1024x600, a widescreen resolution, so the netbook would produce blurry fonts under 1024x768 anyway, IF that particular widescreen format is not supported. Newer IdeaPads have native resolutions of 1440 x something, afaik.
Even older Notebooks, say like my IBM ThinkPad T30 (from 2002 or 2003?) with 1400 x 1050, have higher native resolutions.
I don't think you'd loose a lot of notebook customers.
I voted "no" (don't ditch XP), as I have to stick with XP on the netbook and on at least 1 of my laptops, for at least 1 or 2 yrs (job, college).
< Message edited by GoodGuy -- 2/12/2012 5:26:17 AM >
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