What width and height (size) is used for a standard WebPage?

Showers are dominant in our culture, especially among males, who do majority of web design.

Library? What’s that? :lol: I usually just zap around the web and find an appropriate ebook. :wink: But if money is an issue, then yes, the web is a viable option … but second best IMHO.

Say you’re home on the computer. Which is faster? Driving 15 minutes to the library (possibly finding out the book is out), or going to search online.

Books are like mini-encyclopedias (or, really, encyclopedias are just really big books!). What’s more convenient? Sniffing 15 minutes around on the internet (not that much) or reaching over to your bookshelf to search “CSS Sprites” in the index?

The web is fantastic for small stuff such as, say, looking up possible values for FONT-SIZE, but books are better for mass knowledge.


Hard copy or Ebook was never specified, and hard copies were what I assumed we were talking about.

I’d do an ebook as well over internet in this case as well, just because it still fits in what I was talking about, and never having to leave the computer ;).

I’m just talking about different kinds of learning material and how they are presented. Books usually have to go through an editorial process and be carefully designed for a specific audience and purpose, whereas a lot of online content is produced randomly without a lot of editing. (That’s not always the case, of course. The SitePoint Reference is a nice exception. :slight_smile: )

It’s just like you’re taught in school, you should be smart about where you get your references from :). More often than not, if someone is writing articles on a web design subject, they often have the knowledge to do so. I wouldn’t try to teach a lesson on how to fish, even if I looked up how to do it online. I don’t have experience.

You would if you were looking for cheap website views and ad revenue :smiley: Like the large majority of small-time blog producers.


I’ve wrestled with the screen size issue as well, and have come to the belief that there is no standard answer. To me, the answer is driven by the data being displayed.
For example, I’ve worked on sites that were primarily bitmapped graphics which would not scale attractively, and the layout of the images was part of the message - so a fixed width solution worked best.
I’ve also worked on sites which were text-intensive, and the widest possible display would be of benefit. Those used a more fluid layout with minimal fixed objects.
When confronted with sites that had both qualities, I’ve sometimes gone to the trouble of creating 2 or 3 layout styles and applied them dynamically after testing usable screen width - and had a completely separate page for mobile users that boiled the site down to essentials (but with a link to display the full site if desired).
The comment about wide screens sometimes being used to display multiple windows was a good observation - but if you design to viewport width instead of screen width, the distinction is less significant.
Nice thread…