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Fixed Width

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by Mark.B, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. Mark.B

    Mark.B Well-Known Member

    Had to do a new thread for this to draw attention to it, I spotted earlier that the style chooser has been enabled and there's a fixed width style available.

    For those of us who are fans of fixed width styles on forums, try it out...XF looks even MORE amazing in fixed width.
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  2. BirdOPrey5

    BirdOPrey5 Well-Known Member

    I wish fixed widths would die... no offense. :D
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  3. Synoxis

    Synoxis Member

    I love fixed widths and used them mostly because it makes long contents easier to read and view.
  4. Ahmed

    Ahmed Well-Known Member

    I also don't like fixed width in forums. :D
  5. welshstew

    welshstew Active Member

    It's usefully in some situations, although I find min- width far more satisfying.
  6. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Fixed width is extremely important to me so I'm very grateful to the guys for implementing something I personally requested.
  7. PixelFX

    PixelFX Member

    I'm a big fan of fixed width forums, specially when on wide screen monitor, the site stretches nicely forever ;)
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  8. Mark.B

    Mark.B Well-Known Member

    There's validity in both views...my site is fixed width but has an option in the UserCP to go fluid//full width (it's not a separate style, it's a user option).

    Myself, personally, I like the neatness a fixed width style gives, and it looks brilliant on here I have to say. But it's one of those personal preferences, there's no right or wrong.
  9. CBI Web

    CBI Web Well-Known Member

    I switched to fixed width early today, and you're right it looks awesomer.

    Still using 1024x768?
  10. Ahmed

    Ahmed Well-Known Member

    No, and that definitely isn't a reason why some people like fluid styles over fixed styles. ;)
  11. Kevin

    Kevin Well-Known Member

    I personally like fixed width forum styles for when the posts have really big paragraphs of text to read.
  12. CBI Web

    CBI Web Well-Known Member

    Ah, you like to cover up the pr0n while at work. I see. :p

    But fixed width is still widely used and desired, not only because of wide screens but many site designs would suffer badly with fluid.
  13. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Personally, I like blocks of text to be no more than about 500-600 pixels wide. Anything more slows reading and makes the process feel more unnatural. I'll show something in a moment...
  14. BirdOPrey5

    BirdOPrey5 Well-Known Member

    No I'm on a high-res monitor, 1600-something or maybe even 1900-something, but I keep my browser width to 1280 wide. There's a Chrome extension to auto-resize the window to common resolutions.
  15. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    The reason why fixed width is easier to read is the human eye has limited side to side movement which remains comfortable so trying to read text which spans the whole width of a 24" screen introduces strain which then causes you to move your head to compensate.

    What XenForo is currently set to is just about right.
    Although I will increase it ever so slightly as I need 800px width as a minimum.
  16. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    This is what I'm talking about:


    Attached Files:

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  17. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    You do realise that site is now going to be bombarded? :D
  18. Mark.B

    Mark.B Well-Known Member

    That looks really nice....and I don't normally like sidebars! How do you manage this Kier? :eek:
  19. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    {content here}
    Easy :)
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