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Chapter 2. Designing for a Variety of Di... > Dealing with Unknown Monitor Resolut...

2.1. Dealing with Unknown Monitor Resolutions

Browser windows can be resized to any dimension, limited only by the maximum size of the monitor. Designing for an unknown amount of browser real estate is a challenge unique to web design and one that is particularly troublesome for designers who are accustomed to the printed page.

In discussion forums frequented by web design professionals, no topic is more often addressed (nor hotly debated) than the question of which monitor resolution to design for. As with most web design issues, there is no "right" way to design for the Web, and your decisions should always be guided by your knowledge of your target audience and the purpose of your site. Still, it is helpful to understand the environment and to know how others are maneuvering within it.


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