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  • sdollen

    (@sdollen)


    misc question here –
    I think most of us are probably fairly young *cough* and have fairly decent eyesight *cough* so we typically use higher resolution screen settings. I know I use 1280 x 1024, personally. Maybe that’s what is causing my eye strain lately. Anyway – just out of curiousity, I lowered my res down to 800 x 600 and MAN my sight is HUGE in the screen.
    What % of people still use that lower res? Any guesses? How does everyone here get around this issue or does anyone even pay attention to it?
    Just curious because I have some older relatives that I mean are OLD and probably view my site at an 800 res.
    Would love to hear thoughts.

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  • moshu

    (@moshu)

    I am old 🙂

    dissurion

    (@dissurion)

    There are too many surfers out there that still use 800×600.
    If you are designing a good thing is to have the developer bar on you firefox browser. It allows you to resize your browser window to 800×600 easily so you can instantaneously see how they will view it.

    trendsurfer

    (@trendsurfer)

    Who are these people who set their screen resolution to 800×600?……that’s so mid 90s. 🙂 1024×768 should be the minimum crutch. :p

    Ryan Duff

    (@ryanduff)

    A quick way to resize your browser window is to type in
    javascript:resizeTo(800,600)
    in the address bar, it will resize the current window. Yes, there are plugins that let you do it with 1 click, but this was the easiest for me without having to install some plugin. The othe benifit to this is that it works in all browsers unlike a plugin. If you need to change the size, just change the 800,600 part to whatever (ex. 640,480)

    Beel

    (@beel)

    ryanduff: A helfpful hint. Make a bookmark of javascript:resizeTo(800,600) and you won’t have to type it anymore.

    Anonymous

    Palm Pilots and Pocket PCs may be as low as 240×320. Are you desiging for them as well?

    serendipity

    (@serendipity)

    1. Many people care more about getting work done on their computer than updating their hipness level. If you’re over kiddie age, you may not care about 5-10 years difference.
    2. Many people just can’t afford replacing their material before it gives up the ghost. Young, affluent 20-somethings from rich nations (the I-Pod target group) are a minority now, and the percentages are, thankfully, shrinking.
    3. Many who use 1024×768 may not browse with a window that covers the entire screen. I don’t (mostly to keep an eye on irc).
    4. Personnally, when I come across a site that gives me a scrollbar (or worse, cuts of part of the page) at, say 900px, I must have a very good reason to come back.
    FWIW.

    sdollen

    (@sdollen)

    @anon – well, gee I was actually thinking about making my site pleasing to the eye for the wifi wristwatches that are now on the market.
    @all, thanks for the feedback and comments. Great tip, Beel. I have the webdev plugin for FF, just didn’t realize that was one of the tools up there.
    Thanks again.

    jumbo

    (@jumbo)

    It would be nice not to have to design with 800×600 folks in mind, but their percentage is too great to ignore. It was depressing to learn that they still represent one-third to fifty percent of surfers.

    DarkCryst

    (@darkcryst)

    Basically make sure the design works in 800×600, it doesn’t have to look its best, but at least doesn’t have horizontal scrollbars, and doesn’t break.
    Realistically it should work sub-1024 because most people don’t maximise their browser. I work on a realistic average of 900 wide for many people, but make sure that 800 wide works, and still looks pretty.

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