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Desgning web pages to fit 1024 resolution screens

Brogan

XenForo moderator
Staff member
#1
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.
 

wii

Active member
#2
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.
 

Elizabeth

Well-known member
#8
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.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Display_resolution

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

http://cell-phones.toptenreviews.com/smartphones/

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.
 

Kim

Well-known member
#10
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.
 

CBI Web

Well-known member
#11
I've designed for 1024x768 for about 5 years now, and thinking of going with something higher, but with min-width/max-width properties.
 

wii

Active member
#13
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.
 

anotheralias

Well-known member
#14
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?
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
 

Miko

Well-known member
#16
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.