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Chapter 17. Understanding the Window Obj... > Window Dimensions and the Screen Obj...

Window Dimensions and the Screen Object

One of the most common questions that Web designers ask is "For what screen resolution should I design my site?" It's a good question because the resolution you choose can have a big impact on the overall design and look of your site:

  • If you go with the lowest common denominator—640×480—you're assured that all your visitors will see all your content without having to scroll horizontally. However, users running at 1,024×768 or higher (approximately 25% of surfers) will tend to see a lot of white space to the left or right of the content. You also restrict yourself to graphics that are at most 640 pixels wide (slightly less, actually), which might be a problem for some images.

  • If you do the opposite and optimize your site for a high resolution of, say, 1,024×768, your site will look great at that resolution. However, users running at lower resolutions (about 75% of surfers) will have to scroll left and right to read your content.

  • Most people use 800×600 (about 55%), so this is usually the best compromise. Just remember that 640×480 users (13%) will have to scroll horizontally.


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