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Thread: need advice on designing for different screen resolutions

  1. #1
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    Jun 2003

    need advice on designing for different screen resolutions

    Is it a good idea to design for 800*600 resolution?

    Also, do you guys use pixels or relative percentages when positioning your content.....do you use one more than the other or use them in certain situations??

    One last question: How do absolute measurements such as cm, mm, inch, etc render on different screen resolutions?

    Will a page with 1inch margins render the same space on a user's screen who is using a different resolution?


  2. #2
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    Nov 2002
    Dartmoor [Holiday]
    I believe in always using a flowing (relative) design, not fixed sizes. While 800*600 is most common resolution, it doesn't have it by much (see http://www.thecounter.com/stats/2003/May/res.php).

    I'm not sure about the measurements thing, but if you are using relative measures anyway it is academic.

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
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    Agreed, if you use percentage values for your tables, divs, etc... your page will appear essentially the same on all screen resolutions. As for images, I'd suggest not using percentage values for those because you'll get distorted images on certain resolutions.


  4. #4
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    Feb 2003
    Scottsdale, AZ
    I agree that using percentages is the best practice. I always use a dynamic table that can expand via percentages to fill the screen.

    But you can use pixels for specific items that you don't want to allow the size to change. For example, if you have a navigation bar on the left, that can stay a static pixel value. Or if you have a box that contains content that has images that use use to border it - it must stay fixed in some parts, say like the corners, while the width and height of it can expand dynamically if you want.

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