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Desgning web pages to fit 1024 resolution screens

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Brogan, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    A few comments on the border radius thread stating that those people still using IE6 should basically upgrade or accept that websites won't work properly for them got me thinking.

    I personally accept that some elements of my site don't work in IE6.
    Whilst this is unfortunate, I can't really do much about it without impacting all the other browsers so I have adopted a similar approach.

    How do people treat those users with small resolution screens though?
    From what I can tell, the major sites are still designing pages to fit 1024px wide screens; BBC, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

    Isn't that just dumbing down to the lowest common denominator though?
    Imagine if web sites were designed to cater for those on the slowest internet connections?
    We'd still be creating text only pages with no graphics, .js or anything else.
    It's 2010, surely now we can start designing fixed width sites which are wider than 1024?

    I'd like to see what percentage there are of screen widths in use as I suspect that 50% of a significant amount of the displays in the world is being unused due to catering for those with very small resolutions.
  2. wii

    wii Active Member

    I don't agree, 95% of all netbooks for example are 1024x768 pixels, do you will want to ignore that many people? I sure not, it will be a few years before we can drop 1024x768 resolution in webdesign.
  3. cedivad

    cedivad Active Member

    I post this since i suppose it to be usefull to the topic:
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  4. wii

    wii Active Member

    Yeah, that looks about right.
  5. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Is that from your own site cedivad?
    What's the main topic of the site?
  6. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    So what about those using 800px resolutions?
    Aren't you worried about ignoring those also?
  7. wii

    wii Active Member

    No, because the amount of users using 800px is very low, I dropped support for that about 2 years ago.
  8. Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Well-Known Member


    Resolution % of Internet Users
    Higher than 1024×768 76%
    1024×768 20%
    800×600 1%
    Lower than 800×600 < 1%
    Unknown 3%


    480 x 320 to 800 x 480 resolution is common and a huge market.

    And I try to design my personal site with no javascript if possible. I'm also going back in after all these years and trying my best to validate every page. Which means for my graphics, I have the alt tags.
  9. CBI Web

    CBI Web Well-Known Member

  10. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    I still design for 1024x768 - unless the client knows they have a different demographic and can take a larger design, sometimes it is limiting but all my designs are fluid anyway so it's not a huge deal for me.

    I personally use 1680 x 1050 for browsing, and anything smaller looks so cramped lol.
  11. CBI Web

    CBI Web Well-Known Member

    I've designed for 1024x768 for about 5 years now, and thinking of going with something higher, but with min-width/max-width properties.
  12. cedivad

    cedivad Active Member

    Yes, it's my main website, but there are no topics, it talks about everything. That's way i posted it ;)
    However we also have this: http://gs.statcounter.com/#resolution-ww-monthly-200908-201008

    The main problem is to design pages that looks great both with a fixed width of 900px (the 1024*768 display) and of 1200-1100px.
  13. wii

    wii Active Member

    Oh, I don't consider that a problem, what I do with the fixed width websites is create a background header or whatever that is wider than the site itself, so it looks good, even on high resolutions.
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  14. anotheralias

    anotheralias Well-Known Member

    For a very long time, they were. You assumed that they were on dialup and designed accordingly, and your page load time had to be fast for those on dialup to be considered "fast." And don't even get me started on WebTV. You don't know how good you have it, worrying about trivialities like 1024 and rounded corners. :p
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  15. mjp

    mjp Well-Known Member

  16. Miko

    Miko Well-Known Member

    I'm personally quite happy that 1024px as become the standard.
    I really like that size (even on 2560px wide monitor) and it fit perfectly on my iPad.
    If you think that not long ago 800 x 600 was still considered an important resolution when designing a website, 1024 is a huge improvement.
  17. cedivad

    cedivad Active Member

    that thing looks older than me.
  18. Floris

    Floris Guest

    psuedo media!


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  19. Miko

    Miko Well-Known Member

    I think we can all trust statcounter and w3schools numbers other than that horrible image
  20. Miko

    Miko Well-Known Member

    Hey Floris can you please change your avatar back, your new one it's freaking me out ;)

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