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    Is it Time To Stop Designing/Building For 800x600?

    I'm looking at stats and it seems to be that 75-80+% of users are running at least 1024 x 768. About 10% seem to be running 800 x 600.

    I've always designed around at least 800 x 600, but is it time to stop and move up a notch?

    Thoughts?

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    No, it's time (long past time, in fact) to stop designing for any resolution in particular and make sites scale properly according to user variables including screen resolution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pennimus View Post
    No, it's time (long past time, in fact) to stop designing for any resolution in particular and make sites scale properly according to user variables including screen resolution.
    While I agree that's a good idea, I don't think it's as realistic. The cons of building fluid/liquid layouts make many aspects of design difficult. I completely agree on the usability/accessibility of websites, but I don't know if that's the answer.

    I do think multiple stylesheets for both "computers" and mobile devices is a big step in the right direction first and foremost ..

    So do you still design for 800 x 600?

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    Stats

    It completely depends on the site's demographic; therefore it's deceptive to pick just any old stat and make a general conclusion: "most users are on 1024x768 or up".
    I've been involved in the maintenance of a website for a hobby shop and was astounded to hear that some of its users even still have 15 inch monitors.

    As Pennimus already indicated, there's still a lot to say for flexible design that works for smaller windows as well as larger ones. Unless the stats for your particular site prove that only a minimal amount of visitors still use 800x600 you might consider optimising for 1024x768; still, you have to wonder if you want to put off even a small amount of visitors.

    One approach that deserves attention is ALA's one, where the design runs a total width of about 1000px but the main content still fits in about 800; the rightmost column contains such information that constant horizontal scrolling is not needed when focussing on the main content.
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    Cool, thanks guys. I'm of the same opinion, but I wanted to see what people here thought to confirm/deny that ..

    Cheers ..

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    You know, I am currently rebuilding my website to give it a more modern and pro-like look, and where my old website was build for a 800x600 resolution (content width of 770px), my new site will not be. About 5-10% of my visitors still use an 800x600 resolution, and I just don't think that that's enough to rob myself of a lot of useful space

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    1. Not everyone views web pages full screen. The bigger the screen the less likely someone will have only their browser visible.

    2. Different people have different fixed toolbars on their desktop taking up screen space that is therefore not available to browsers.

    3. Different browsers use up different amounts of space on the screen to display the browser itaelf.

    4. Some people have additional toolbars open in their browser.

    After taking all these points into account it is impossible to say how much space is available within the browser window for displaying the web page just from the screen resolution.
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