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  1. #1
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    Do webpages have to be 1024 x 768? Not widescreen? No scrolling?

    I just got some feedback from my third website, and one of the criticism I received was:

    My website page wasn't in the format of 1024 x 768, but much longer.

    I was told: no scrolling!

    Is that true?

    I personally like it better to scroll (where it is all in one document) than to click and click and click and always wait for page loads.

    But maybe the general view is no scrolling.


    PS: 1024 x 768? Don't most people have widescreen displays nowadays?

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    Barring special circumstances, I would use an 800x600 baseline, particularly because people with larger monitors and higher screen resolution may tend to use browsers that are not maximized. Screen resolution has nothing to do with browser window sizes.

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    Why would you need to wait for a page to load? If you have your structure and style documents separated properly, unless your layouts are radically different from page to page, loading times should be very small, even for dial-up users.

    One-page sites are very difficult to use. I personally leave these sites as soon as I encounter them, regardless of the content. The issue isn't with scrolling. It's with organization. You say as much as you need to say about one topic, no more, no less. You also separate out your content so it is easily digested by the end user. If people preferred reading a single document to learn all there is to know about a subject, they'd turn off their computers and grab a book
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    As pm said the best option is to work from a 800x600 baseline, you may be able to find the users resolution with javascript if they have it enabled.? but this still will not guarentee that their browser window will be maximized 100%. My moniter may be set at a resolution of 1600x1200 but that doesn't mean that my browser window is 1600x1200.?. 800x600 is the safest bet if you want optimum exposure and accessibilty to all.
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    I've also had clients that are a little obsessed with not having scrolling on their sites. Not sure where it comes from - you may want to try explaining that the more the user has to click, the more likely they may just decide to go to a more usable site.
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    "PS: 1024 x 768? Don't most people have widescreen displays nowadays?"

    From my web logs, out of 1000 visitors, about 5 have 800x600 resolution. I personally would target the 1024x768 users and make the most of the extended real estate to maximize the experience for the majority.

    If you design for the 800x600 users, you might as well design for text browsers, wap browsers, and other minority users.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_pm
    Barring special circumstances, I would use an 800x600 baseline, particularly because people with larger monitors and higher screen resolution may tend to use browsers that are not maximized. Screen resolution has nothing to do with browser window sizes.
    Quote Originally Posted by affluent
    If you design for the 800x600 users, you might as well design for text browsers, wap browsers, and other minority users.
    Well, yes, actually you should. Remember that these browsers interpret the markup, and you don't necessarily have to design for them, but more make sure your markup functions correctly in those browsers.

    Resolution is an entirely different matter. But you should never exclude the minority on the basis that you never know who your best customer will be
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