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Troubleshooting

Resolution

Q1:I've looked at my server statistics, and determined that 80% of my audience is visiting at 800×600 resolution. How can I confidently design my fixed designs for this resolution?
A1: Ultimately, the decision rests with you. However, consider the fact that if you're getting 100 people visiting your site a day, that's 20 people that might see a horizontal scroll. If you have 1,000 people—that's 200 people seeing the unwanted scroll! If you're comfortable with this, go for it. I personally am not comfortable and use the techniques described in Chapter 16, "Advanced Table Layouts," to improve the user experience of my fixed designs. As mentioned, the other option is to use a JavaScript detect and route.
Q2:I've noticed that design trends don't always mesh with sensible approaches to working within the visual space of a design. For example, the trend with portal sites has been top-heavy designs. Is it better to follow a trend to keep sites looking contemporary?
A2: There's no reason in my mind that you cannot do both. The top-heavy designs that have been so popular in the portal realm seem to me to be a result of left-margin backlash. What I mean by this is that for several years, left-margin navigation designs dominated the Net. To give sites a fresh look, developers began to move navigation and primary information to the top of the page. However, clutter ensued in many cases. If you stick to your awareness of space and object relationships, you can combine flavor-of-the-moment designs with design intelligence—providing a contemporary look for your site while keeping it clean and attractive.


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