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    Former Staff Member silver trophy Adam P.'s Avatar
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    Designing for different resolutions

    Hey everyone!

    I was just wonderin', what resolutions does everyone design for?

    640x480
    800x600
    1024x768

    ??????

    I think that designing for 640x480 is kinda ridiculous. I mean, i'm sure it's nice for people with that resolution. But for people, like me, that surf with a larger resolution, the page starts to look pretty skimpy. I mean, I surf with 1024x768. If I designed a page for 640x480 and looked at in 1024x768, it looks really small, skimpy, lots of blank space.
    Anyways, just curious what everybody else thinks on the topic.
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    depends how the site is designed so called liquid layouts are possible to look good at 640x480 and also at high res.
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    The resolution I design for depends much on what will be in the site. A small site with little content would almost always be 640x480. A site with a lot of content would probably be better at 1024x768.

    I don't design using percentages. As a user of a high resolution (1600x1200) I hate looking at these sites (besides forums). Most flexable designs don't look good over 1024x768.

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    As a designer with user-functionality in mind, I design for 800x600. However, since resolutions are steadily growing (face it, larger resolutions display much more -- and besides, the icons are much prettier!), 640x480 has no impact on my designs -- I simply act as if it doesn't exist. In an ideal world (i.e. where everyone had the same resolution as I do [a big and beautiful 1280x1024]) I'd design for that. Give us a couple more years -- we'll get there! =)
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    Well, I try to make all my designs work and look good in as many resolutions as possible - I don't design just for one resolution. But, 800x600 is still the overwhelming leader in number of people who use it, so that is the most crucial resolution to design for.

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    I've made stretchy pages but find that most pages I design always will be inside a 760 width nesting table.


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    The "standard" is now 800x600, never go more than 760 in your page layout.

    Certain pages will look good if they're "liquid", using percentages, but some simply down.

    The majority of users are still 800x600.

    For me, I'll just ignore the 640x480. =P
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    If I have to make the site a 'fixed' size, then I work round 800x600, as that's the most popular right now, but I try to make them flexible if I can.
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    Designing for 640x480 is becoming increasingly difficult for large scale sites.

    I now design my sites for 800x600 and above unless it is a very small site which is not going to grow in content too much.
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    8x6 is my target resolution and I try and make it so it looks "decent" in all resoutions. The exceptions being clients that want otherwise.
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    I don't have a targeted resolution.
    As always, with regards to the type of content/site i'm working on.

    I generally design on resolutions that function from 800 by 600 and onwards. till about 1280 by 1024.

    as with my latest designs..it'll not stretch furthur then 1024 by 768.

    i didn't vote..
    hmm..answers should be..

    800 by 600 or above..
    1024 by 768 or above..etc.
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    Then vote *L*
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    lynlimz,

    You said "as with my latest designs..it'll not stretch furthur then 1024 by 768."

    Would be interested to know how (tools, HTML, CSS?) you design a "liquid" site to not stretch beyond 1024 x 768.

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    For me it all depends on what my stats are showing. My sites have a rather newbie-ish target audience, so I don't have very many visitors running resolutions higher than 1024. My stats currently look like this:

    800 x 600 - 60%
    1024 x 768 - 24%
    640 x 480 - 9% (really!)
    others (1132 & above) - 7%

    So, I like to do a flex width which will work fine for 93% of my users.
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    Originally posted by allie
    lynlimz,

    You said "as with my latest designs..it'll not stretch furthur then 1024 by 768."

    Would be interested to know how (tools, HTML, CSS?) you design a "liquid" site to not stretch beyond 1024 x 768.
    Give the css2 elements a try.
    max-width /height
    min-width /height
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    how do you use the max-width/height properties?

    i tried doing <table style="max-width: 650px;"> but nothing happened...

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    I design for 800x600..but...

    We've been using stats4all.com to track the resolution of our visitors and we're running around 59% are 1024x768, 22% are 800x600 and the remaining are all over the board (hitting the site from my palmV via Omnisky with the Avantgo browser registers a -1x-1 resolution )
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    Originally posted by cow
    how do you use the max-width/height properties?

    i tried doing <table style="max-width: 650px;"> but nothing happened...
    CSS2 browser?
    Try Opera and Mozilla Browsers
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    I hate sites that say "This site has been optimized for 1024x768 resolution..." - or whatever, it just makes me think - "screw you, I'll set my res. to 1600x1200!"

    Immature... but thats me!

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    Originally posted by lynlimz


    CSS2 browser?
    Try Opera and Mozilla Browsers
    isn't ie5 css2 compliant?

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    Its not fully compliant.
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