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Web designers suck. [Feb. 4th, 2001|05:19 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
Why do people put "Best viewed at 1024x768" on their web sites?

1) You shouldn't design a website for a certain browser, certain operating system, or certain monitor size. It should work everywhere.

2) Even if you do target one resolution, what good does telling the users what resolution looks best accomplish? If they're below that, it's probably because their monitor or video card sucks... you don't need to tell them your website was designed for a higher resolution. Trust me, they already know from the scrollbars all over the place. (did you really need to use frames? no, you didn't.) Nobody lowers their resolution for the fun of it. And, if they're above that resolution, it's pretty silly showing that message isn't it? I mean, personally I think 1600x1200 looks better than 1024x768 ... should I lower my resolution to look at this person's shitty site?

Same with color depth.

I hate stupid web designers.

[User Picture]From: mrbad
2001-02-04 05:51 pm (UTC)

whats best ?

Ok, so whats the solution ?
Say for example you're running 1600x1200, a dual pentium III and a cable modem.
Who do you design for ?
If you design for the LCD "lowest common denominator" you don't really enjoy the possibilities of your own site. [like don't bother throwing in a 3 meg mpeg video clip]
Just bought a 3 mega-pixels camera. Do you post 200x200 rez, 36kb's jpegs just to make everyone happy ?
This is a problem that has been bothering me for a while now and I don't have the solution so how does one "make it work everywhere ?" Or should we even bother ???

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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-02-04 05:55 pm (UTC)

Re: whats best ?

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[User Picture]From: niko
2001-02-04 10:32 pm (UTC)

Re: whats best ?

or, try using an image gallery script that will do auto-resizing for you.
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[User Picture]From: opalcat
2001-02-05 05:02 am (UTC)

Re: whats best ?

::::quivering with excitement::::

Ohhhhhhhhh.... ooooooooooooOOOOoooohhhhhh.... ::::frantically downloading and installing::::
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