Maths

Okay, so I want to use the Blueprint CSS framework for a website I’m working on.

Page width is worked out with this formula:

Total width = (number_of_columns * column_width) – margin_width

So, I want a page width as close to 950px as possible, but able to divide equally into 7 sections (for the main navigation). By default there are 24 columns, each 40px wide (including a 10px margin).

The answer — after about an hour of tapping keys on my calculator — is a frustratingly simple 910px.

Or 23 columns.

I should have paid more attention in my Certificate of Sixth Year Studies maths class.

I wish maths classes had been more practical. Sure, I can do differential equations until the cows come home … but I’ve no idea when I would actually need to do them!

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 47 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Scrum master at Vision Ltd, Dundee. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Enneagram type FOUR and introvert, I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, write, draw and laugh… a lot.

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