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    Mostly used resolution

    Where can I get information about what is the most resolution users use? Like I use 1024x768. Because one of the designer in my sister company said he uses 1280x768. So all my designs look strange meaning things are shifted or some thing. So is it possible for some one to give me statistics in common which resolution is mostly used?

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    I think that by the time you loaded a page with those sort of stats it'd be out of date. Resoloutions change so fast, I work on and off between 1023x768 and 800x600.

    It's best to code in such a way that resoloutions higher than 800x600 will be comfortable without 800x600 being cramped.

    Use autospanning tables and css.
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    off memory the majority of resolutions is 1024*768 then 800*600 comes in a close second while 1280*1024 is only 5%. It will be diffrent for most sites. Here is an example:

    A cartoon site will most likely get more visitors using the resolution 800*600 because they are younger and dont know much about resolutions.

    A computer hardware site will most likely get more visitors using the resolution 1024*768.

    There are many free statistical recording systems found on the net that record not only site hits but also the browser and resolution details.

    As Mhtml said you should try to make your site fit all resolutions.
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    A cartoon site will most likely get more visitors using the resolution 800*600 because they are younger and dont know much about resolutions.

    A computer hardware site will most likely get more visitors using the resolution 1024*768.
    I don't think so.. You can't put resolutions into types of sites ppl go to... It's all to do with user preference.

    54% (according to thecounter.com) use 800x600
    33% (ditto) use 1024x768
    1% (ditto) use 1152x854
    5% (ditto) use 1280x1024

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    Originally posted by Mhtml
    It's best to code in such a way that resoloutions higher than 800x600 will be comfortable without 800x600 being cramped.

    Use autospanning tables and css.
    I couldn't have said it better meself. I always code so that the page fits perfectly in an 800x600 window. If you use percentage-based layouts then everyone will be happy as hopefully they won't have to scroll horizonatally.

    In short, I hate sites that don't fit in my 800x600 screen.
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    thecounter.com reports for the month of March 2003 that:

    800*600 46%
    1024*768 41%

    I would not trust these figures as i doubt that it includes every site on the internet. I have never used this service on any of my servers, sites and nor do i plan to in the future :P I stand by my original comment. You should adjust your site to fit ALL resolutions however; if you have a more professional or a business site than you can expect to see more users with the 1024*768 browser resolution than compared to 800*600.

    A few examples:

    localhoster.com
    Its a business site HOWEVER it does get quite a few inexperienced internet users who are looking for hosting solutions. It is made to fit all resolutions that are greater than 640*480.

    webdeve.com
    its a graphics, webdevelopment site and to be honest when i was developing it i didnt care if it fitted in the screens of the 800*600 resolution users. If you are in graphics/design and your using 800*600 then i pity you
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    800x600 is what you normally design for. Of course in cases of controlled enviorments like Intranets you can design for higher resolutions.

    Basically just do what Mhtml said and make it auto-sizing.

    If you search the forum you'll find other threads about this topic. There was one like last week if I recall.
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    We code most of our sites for a width of 740-760 px.. While your "safe" cut off line for seeing content on an 800x600 monitor verticaly is around the 430-460 px mark. Its a tough call because users could have countless number of menu's from google search bars, to radio, etc...

    Spanning sites have their place on the net, but for sites that give users a lot to read with regards to content, then its best to have fixed width. There is a reason news papers and magazines use columns and novels for the most part are only so wide and its not shelf space. If a reader has to scan a long line of text on a spanning site on a large resolution then they will have a hard time reading it, even becoming annoyed but not realising why.

    I'd suggest you evaluate your content and the purpose of each site and go from there.

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    Its agreed, your content/layout can also factor in, but in the end its best to accomidate for as many resolutions as you can.
    (or take into consideration the references above)

    either way, ive made a paranoid resolution site before, i just set the body to 600px

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    It's funny how designers assume that if 800x600 or 1024x768 show up as popular screen resolutions from stats data that that's the size of the browsing window. My resolutions are quite high, but to keep my video card from jumping out of the box and strangling me, I tend to keep my browser windows small.

    Let's make it simpler for everyone: all browsers must install and run in kiosk mode (full screen) and not in a window.


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