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Posted 29 July 2006 - 05:41 PM
I've designed the same pages for 640 x 480 through 1152 x 864. 1152 x 864 is the limit for me. You detect the screen width and serve whatever works best for the particular width. It's no big deal if you have the time to sort it out.
You most always have to consider the PRINT. You'll probably want to serve a nice print page. That's another can of worms altogether. I find percentage widths cause the least design headaches for the print.
Some laptops now have some really wide screens. Full screen width on those may not look so good.
One thing you can do you if you like using 100% width tables. When the screen gets wider than 1024px, say 1152px, set the body width and main container div in the stylesheet to 1024px. Then you can set your main tables to 100% width and they will be limited by the body or container width.
Posted 01 August 2006 - 04:40 PM
"Currently, about 60% of all monitors are set at 1024x768 pixels. In comparison, only about 17% use 800x600 so it's obviously less important to aim at perfection for these small-display users. What's equally obvious, however, is that you can't simply ignore 17% of your customer segment by providing a frozen layout that requires more screen space than they have available. "
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Posted 01 August 2006 - 11:06 PM
Also, a lot of people who use larger monitors do not maximize their browser, they prefer to have multiple apps open / not maximized on their desktop. It would seem a narrower page layout would suit them best as well.
Though they are extraordinarily common and allow you to pack more info into a single page, I typically don't like 3 column pages nearly as much as 2 column pages. I find them too busy, and not focused enough. But that's just me, I like clean and simple, where there aren't too many choices presented at once.
Not just you Arlen...I agree with all you said. I often size down my browser because of the long line lengths.
Posted 02 August 2006 - 12:43 AM
Screen Resolution Visits Percent
1. 1024x768 785 51.01%
2. 1280x1024 247 16.05%
3. 800x600 183 11.89%
4. 1280x800 92 5.98%
5. 1152x864 58 3.77%
6. 1440x900 33 2.14%
7. 1600x1200 28 1.82%
8. 1680x1050 20 1.30%
9. 1280x768 20 1.30%
10 1280x854 14 0.91%
Totals: 1,539 100%
I use the fluid design that he talks about. Except for a 4 month period where I tried frames out back in 1995 (the main frame was still fluid to right and bottom), I have always used a fluid layout so as they shrink the windows down everything still works. My horizontal menus I designed to fit 800x600.
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