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From: "Michael Hymer" <>
Subject: RE: [FreeHelp] resolutions ?
Date: Wed, 6 Oct 2004 17:02:49 -0400
Very good info Ken, thanks.
What it comes down to is "proofing" your pages before you upload them.
If you design your site on a 15 inch monitor @ 800x600 and the majority
of visitors are using a 17 inch monitor @ 1024x768 they likely will not see
the page exactly as you intended although all the contents will fit the
Now if you reverse the two, the viewer (800x600) may have issues with
the page being wider than the screen.
Your best bet is to preview your html files in one or more of the leading
browsers at the most popular resolutions and find a happy medium. That
should cover 98% of your visitors.
From: Ken McInnes [mailto:]
Sent: Wednesday, October 06, 2004 10:12 AM
Subject: Re: [FreeHelp] resolutions ?
The aim should be to make your webpages in such a way that the 'content' is
readable on all computers, on any browser, and ideally on any device, and
the content to be as easy to use as possible.
If you want to see what your page might look like at other resolutions, then
sure you can reset the screen resolution for your computer. (You should
have to set your screen resolution to see a webpage.)
If you want to see what your page might look like if a user changes the font
size, then you can go to the browser menu and change 'View' / 'Text size'.
If you want to see what your page might print like, then check that as well,
having a look at your webpage using 'Print preview'. (I am surprised how
pages are set too wide to be printed. USA uses 8-1/2 inch American Quarto
paper, but the rest of the world uses the narrower and longer ISO A4 paper.)
If some content such as a left menu *has to have* a set width, then set
but let the rest of the page width be decided by the browser. Often style
set the width better than using tables.
If you have a background image that you do not want repeated across the
then either make the original background image 'very' wide (say 2000pixels),
set the background image to not repeat on the page by using style.
Don't let the 'gee-whiz' design templates overwelm the content of your
after all it is the content that you want people to note, not your fashion
Try using your page using only the keyboard, 'tabbing' and 'enter', and the
and down', 'left and right' arrows, rather than using your mouse. Sometimes
Validate your pages using say the validator at <http://validator.w3.org/>
Check the accessibility of your page, using say the tester at
After all, maybe it is you that will want to access your web page in a
two, when your hand dexterity has declined, and your vision has
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