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What's your screen resolution?

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About a week ago, I upped my screen resolution from 800x600 to 1024x768. From
that point on, I started making gradual adjustments to my web site, in which the
margins are tailored to 800 pixels wide. Fonts seem too small!

Is this a bad habit I'm getting into? By the way, what resolution are you at?

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Jul 20 '05 #1
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Dave wrote:
About a week ago, I upped my screen resolution from 800x600 to 1024x768. From
that point on, I started making gradual adjustments to my web site, in which the
margins are tailored to 800 pixels wide. Fonts seem too small!

Is this a bad habit I'm getting into? By the way, what resolution are you at?


The screen resolution is mostly irrelvant on the web. It is the size of
the viewport that matters. You should try to make your layout work
reasonably well in small windows. It doesn't have to be perfect, just
as long as it's still readable wthout too much difficulty with
horizontal scrolling. If your fonts seem to small at 1024×768, then
you've obviosly set your font size too small, but without a URI, I have
no idea how small it is. I don't recommend using anything smaller than
font-size: small or around 90% for the main content, but some will argue
that nothing smaller than 100% should ever be used for main content.

1024×768 isn't a very high resolution, unless you've only got a 15"
monitor. Many people run on 1152×864, 1280×1024, 1600×1200 or higher
and now that wide screen monitors with an aspect ratio of 16:10 are
becoming popular, resolutions of 1440×900 or 1680×1050, or higher are
being used. Very few people still run on 640×480, but be aware that
there are some that do either because they choose to or they don't know
how to change it.

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Jul 20 '05 #2

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Dave wrote:
About a week ago, I upped my screen resolution from 800x600 to 1024x768. From
that point on, I started making gradual adjustments to my web site, in which the
margins are tailored to 800 pixels wide.
Oh dear. http://www.allmyfaqs.com/faq.pl?AnySizeDesign
Fonts seem too small!
So adjust them in your browser. Your site does use flexible font sizes,
doesn't it? By the way, what resolution are you at?


1280x1024. Would be higher, but I'm using an LCD display with a (pretty
much) fixed resolution.
Jul 20 '05 #3

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"Dave" <da**@yahoo.com> wrote in news:1sa_c.3856$OZ6.3795@okepread06:
About a week ago, I upped my screen resolution from 800x600 to
1024x768. From that point on, I started making gradual adjustments to
my web site, in which the margins are tailored to 800 pixels wide.
Fonts seem too small!

Is this a bad habit I'm getting into?
Yes. Use fluid design that adapts to the available
viewport size.
By the way, what resolution are you at?


You'll never know, and its not relevant anyway,
because the screen resolution generally doesn't
equal the browser viewport size.

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Dave Patton
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Jul 20 '05 #4

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On Fri, 3 Sep 2004, Dave wrote:
Is this a bad habit I'm getting into?
It sounds as if the bad habit was already there; you're just drawing
the usual wrong conclusions. If 1em isn't the right size for you,
adjust your browsers.
By the way, what resolution are you at?


About 135dpi on the desktop, and about 107dpi on the usual laptop.
Jul 20 '05 #5

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Dave wrote:
By the way, what resolution are you at?


102dpi.

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Jul 20 '05 #6

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"Dave" <da**@yahoo.com> wrote in
comp.infosystems.www.authoring.html:
About a week ago, I upped my screen resolution from 800x600 to 1024x768. From
that point on, I started making gradual adjustments to my web site, in which the
margins are tailored to 800 pixels wide. Fonts seem too small!

Is this a bad habit I'm getting into?
Yes.
By the way, what resolution are you at?


I mean this in the nicest possible way, but my screen resolution is
none of your business. If your site is "tailored" (your word) to any
screen resolution, your site is badly authored.

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Jul 20 '05 #7

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Dave da**@yahoo.com wrote:
About a week ago, I upped my screen resolution from 800x600 to 1024x768. From
that point on, I started making gradual adjustments to my web site, in which the
margins are tailored to 800 pixels wide. Fonts seem too small!

Is this a bad habit I'm getting into? By the way, what resolution are you at?


Yes. Keep it up and everyone will go blind.

Seriously, I change screen resolution depending on what I'm doing and
alter default font size depending on the state of my eyesight. On a good
day I can use around 40% of web sites without problems. On a bad day I'm
down to the tiny number of sites created by the developers smart enough
not to ask the question.

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eric
www.ericjarvis.co.uk
"live fast, die only if strictly necessary"
Jul 20 '05 #8

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Lachlan Hunt <la**********@lachy.id.au.invalid> writes:
have no idea how small it is. I don't recommend using anything
smaller than font-size: small or around 90% for the main content,


http://www.w3.org/TR/CSS2/fonts.html#font-size-props suggests a 1.2
scaling factor for screen, and CSS1 suggested 1.5 [the note about user
experience suggests at least *something* implemented it]

So 'small' is likely to be ~equivalent to 80% in many browsers [1] (apart
from the browser bugs related to the size keyword, of course)

[1] Of course, there's nothing to stop a browser using any other
scaling factor - or even an inconsistent scaling factor [2], and
media='tty' would use 1.0

[2] As will occur with minimum font-size settings, for example.

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Chris
Jul 20 '05 #9

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Dave wrote:
About a week ago, I upped my screen resolution
from 800x600 to 1024x768. From that point on, I started making
gradual adjustments to my web site, in which the
margins are tailored to 800 pixels wide. Fonts seem too small!
If fonts seem to be too small, either
a) you have too small font size on your browser
b) you had fixed size of fonts on you webpage
c) both above

To fix things:

a) adjust fontsize of your browser to something you like
b) don't set font for plain text in your webpage
c) both above
Is this a bad habit I'm getting into?
Yes, it is like if you owned a tv station and instead of turning volume
of your tv-set at home, you would adjust volume of broadcast from
station.

Of course broadcast might need adjusting too, but it should try to be as
similar as possible compared to other broadcasts. In web that is easy,
all you need to do is nothing, or maybe undo something...
By the way, what resolution are you at?


800*600 on 15" (about 72dpi) for usenet, music and web testing and
1600*800 on 19" (113dpi) for mail, irc, tv, web, shell screens etc.
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Lauri Raittila <http://www.iki.fi/lr> <http://www.iki.fi/zwak/fonts>
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Jul 20 '05 #10

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On Mon, 6 Sep 2004 20:20:22 +0300, Lauri Raittila
<la***@raittila.cjb.net> wrote:
Dave wrote: [...]
margins are tailored to 800 pixels wide.

Fonts seem too small!

If fonts seem to be too small, either
a) you have too small font size on your browser
b) you had fixed size of fonts on you webpage
c) both above

To fix things:

a) adjust fontsize of your browser to something you like
b) don't set font for plain text in your webpage
c) both above
Is this a bad habit I'm getting into?


Yes, it is like if you owned a tv station and instead of turning volume
of your tv-set at home, you would adjust volume of broadcast from
station.


Funny you should say that :-)

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Jul 20 '05 #11

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On Fri, 3 Sep 2004 22:16:24 -0500, "Dave" <da**@yahoo.com> wrote:
By the way, what resolution are you at?

Right behind the "at", as my mother and my grammar teachers used to
tell me.

As others have answered with valuable hints, I'm "at" somewhere
between 79 and 133 dpi, with window dimensions in pixels ranging from
300x300 to 1600x1200, depending on the client and the purpose; or
occasionally at 80 columns by 25 rows.

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Chuck Taylor
http://home.hiwaay.net/~taylorc/contact/
Jul 20 '05 #12

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[I'm setting followups to c.i.w.a.html, it's possible this is more on-topic
for c.i.w.a.stylesheets though]

begin quote from Dave in <1sa_c.3856$OZ6.3795@okepread06>:
About a week ago, I upped my screen resolution from 800x600 to 1024x768.
From that point on, I started making gradual adjustments to my web site,
in which the margins are tailored to 800 pixels wide.
In terms of the World Wide Web, this is a bad idea.
Fonts seem too small!
Then set your browser to show larger fonts.
Is this a bad habit I'm getting into? By the way, what resolution are you
at?


I could be using any screen resolution from 640x480 all the way up to
1400x1050. That's when I'm at a desktop PC (not necessarily one running
Windows, either).

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Shawn K. Quinn
Jul 20 '05 #13

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