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  • What screen resolution are you viewing this at.

    I’m curious to know the answer as I’m putting something together for a web page (b5 related) and the text font sizes and styles, of all things, is really bugging me.

    Hence this quick poll to see what screen resolution most people use to browse the net.

    Right now I’m setting everything for 1024 x 768 but I get the feeling quite a few might be going higher than this.

    ALSO, knowing what size of monitor you have would/could be helpful.


    One last thing. If asked to change the screen resolution, would you do it if the web site contained information you found “interesting”.
    960 x 600
    1024 x 768
    1152 x 864
    1280 x 960
    Some Weird Wide-Screen Numbers

    The poll is expired.

    Last edited by Triple F; 09-16-2007, 10:31 AM.

  • #2
    Hi, typically my main screen res is 1280x800. When I am on my desktop it is 1280x1024. If I ever pry the monitor from the living room (used for vid / DVD watching) then my res would be 1680x1050.

    Aiming for 1024 x 768 is probably your best bet really. I think probably most home users would use that res.

    Personally I probably wouldn't change my res even if I could. I am happy enough to simply scroll.

    Good Luck


    • #3
      IÆve stuck this on a number of forums, with over a dozen resposes so far (only up a half hour or so) and no one is on 1024x768. ItÆs all 1280 and (mostly) above, which has surprised me a little based on what a google on the subject threw up as the most popular.

      I think the increase in on-line gaming plus the drop in monitor/card prices is playing it's part here.


      • #4
        Dunno how to tell you this, but in my experience, half the numbers you have up there are "weird widescreen numbers". The two middle ones are fine. Over the years, I have run at 800x600, 1024x768, and currently at home 1280x1024.

        The 1152 number is the only other one I recognize as being "usual".

        Actually, now that I look at the aspect ratios, I see the 1280x960 number is in line with the other two. But oddly enough, I've never seen a monitor tout that as max resolution. I guess for higher res the 5:4 becomes the standard, rather than the 4:3. Still, 960x600, at 8:5? Left field man.

        I'd go with the previous suggestion - 1024x768 is a usual target, 800x600 if you expect a "casual" site with lots of old PC users, and just make sure it doesn't go mad goofy when it scales up.

        EDIT - Oh, 1024x768 is my job's standard rez, unless it's a layout/graphics machine, just FYI.
        Last edited by Radhil; 09-16-2007, 12:31 PM.
        Radhil Trebors
        Persona Under Construction


        • #5
          i'm using a 1280 x 960, with a 24in wide screen monitor. i find this allows me to veiw online content wonderfully and the wide screen allows for the ability to watch any movie or other video (say watching back eps of eureka i missed on the scifiwire service) with great fun


          • #6
            MacBook 1280 x 800 13" widescreen
            Co-host of The Second Time Around podcast


            • #7
              I use 800x600 for most of my web page viewing (5 year old laptop) from my easy chair.

              The balance is 1260x1024 on my desktop machine.


              • #8
                If your looking for a large survey of screen resolutions, check out the steam stats.

                The 2 top resolutions by a VERY large margin is 1024x768 and 1280 x 800

                Which is likely because most people are running 17" monitors or 19" widscreens.

                Now that grouping isn't maybe the audience your looking for, but those are stats for over a million people. Im guessing its a fairly accurate trend for the common internet enabled PC user.

                Of course im running 19" monitor and 1280x1024 so go figure.


                • #9
                  Both my home (19") and office (17") monitors run at a native resolution of 1280x1024.
                  The Optimist: The glass is half full
                  The Pessimist: The glass is half empty
                  The Engineer: The glass is twice as big as it needs to be


                  • #10
                    My laptop's res is 1280 x 800

                    That said, I would recommend going for a 1024 width. It's annoying as heck for 1024ers when someone designs a website that forces them to horizontal scroll. Maybe allow it to expand depending on how much control you want, but try to avoid those horizontal bars.
                    Schlock Mercenary: comic space opera


                    • #11
                      There are two ways to deal with this issue on websites ... either set a small enough fixed width to fit it all on an 800x600 screen (many websites still use a 768 fixed width), or set the width at 100%, so it will simply resize to fill the width of the screen.

                      The first has a couple of advantages:

                      * You can organise the site exactly as you want it and whoever looks at it will see it in the width you decided on. Be warned though that whatever size you set text to be, it will be altered by some web browsers based on the users own default font size settings.

                      * Those with larger screens can use a smaller window to view it while multi-tasking and still see the whole width of the page without it creating formatting issues.

                      The main disadvantages are:

                      * Those who keep their browser window maximised will have large bars either side of the page itself.

                      * Many web users don't like having the size of the page dictated to them, they would rather be able to control it.

                      The latter option (setting to 100%) has a couple of other advantages (and maybe some others that I can't call to mind right now):

                      * Doesn't matter what the users' resolutions are, the screen will automatically resize to fit the full width (or smaller if you use 90 or 80% rather than 100%).

                      * Screen size is therefore under the user's control, so they can set the window to whatever size they like and the page will resize along with it.

                      The major disadvantage is that it can make your design and formatting much more awkward. Depending on the content of your pages that may or may not be an issue.


                      The Optimist: The glass is half full
                      The Pessimist: The glass is half empty
                      The Engineer: The glass is twice as big as it needs to be