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    What Screen res should we design for now?

    I've only made a few sites but I made them so they looked good at 800x600 and 1024x768

    I recently had a friend tell me that they have their screen res set to something like 1200x900 (can't remember the exact res)

    what do you all design for?
    are higher resolutions being used more now?

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    I try to design my sites using a liquid format so that they will scale well from 640x480 up to the higher resolutions such as 1600x1200... While the pages may not look pretty at either end of the scale, it will still render correctly and not require horizontal scrolling...

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    Well, design for 800x600, I say. Liquid layouts are nice and all, but in the end, the columns becomes so wide in 1280x1024 that readability sinks like a stone.
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    i like the pop-up method..pop-up an 800x600 window, and program from there. also, it is good to even use the percent format (that is: <table width=100%>), and it just resizes to windows, etc, people with max res are crazy..crazy ppl.
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    Originally posted by InQuE
    i like the pop-up method..pop-up an 800x600 window, and program from there. also, it is good to even use the percent format (that is: <table width=100%>), and it just resizes to windows, etc, people with max res are crazy..crazy ppl.
    The problem is just that pop-ups are annyoing, severely damages search engine ratings, and are bad for accessibility (demands javascript) and usability. Not to mention that they may be blocked by pop-up blockers.
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    Unhappy

    My own res is 1024x768, but I aim for pages to be ok in 800x600. Hate it, but gotta do it...I understand this is still the res used by the majority. I try to do liquid pages, but depending what you're building, it isn't always possible. And I'm not good enough to have a static design end up decently filling a window at 1024x768. Yick.

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    I have 1024x768 and design for 800x600, but my stats say that most of my users are @ 1024x768 (but I don't care, because the site looks really nice in both resolutions)...
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    800x600 would be the best format to design for./ though it would be good if u do it with a table with width=100% . table with 100% width resizes according to the window.. but except and unless the design is spoilt
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    800x600 is the way to go. Oh, and liquid design is lousy.
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    Definitely make sure that it works in 800x600. Absolute must.

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    Personally, I think designing for a particular resolution is dead. With modern tools (XHTML, CSS, XML, XSL, and the like) you can design for a variety of devices and have it look good. You should include resolutions down to 320 X 240 (PDAs and Cell Phones), 640 X 480 (MSNTV, AOLTV and other Internet Devices), and other devices including those with no screen resolution.

    The screen resolution of your visitor should be the last thing on your mind when designing a website or wondering how it is going to work. Especially since the number of alternate devices on the Internet is growing at a much faster rate than the saturated Home Computer market.
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    we design for our stuff to look good in 800x600 resolution all the times! Because most people use it.

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    I usually use liquid design.. mainly for the same reason as w.luke says, there is such a variety of devices accessing the internet, its hard to keep the people happy.

    Of course, you will find that the majority of people are using around 800x600, so try and aim for that as your minimum spec.

    -ex

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    it depends on the content of your page.
    if it's a product catalog, you must think it for all customs. so 800*600 is suitable.
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