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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.
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[User Picture]From: brynna
2001-02-04 07:35 pm (UTC)

i agree completly...

arrogance among web designers drives me nuts. if you can't code for a low end of 800x600 (i don't usually work at 600x400...) - and make it work in at least NS & IE - and give options to go to a lower resolution site if you're using flash or lots of javascript - you shouldn't be coding in the first place. people at my office never cross-browser test - I had to fix 4 sites on friday that were broken in NS. mostly missing closing table tags. people can be so stupid.

~ B
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[User Picture]From: skeets
2001-02-04 10:54 pm (UTC)

Re: i agree completly...

I agree very much, and cross-browser issues are the main reason why I've stuck with Netscrape for as long as I have. Things like table tags that aren't closed tick me off bigs, and whenever I design for Netscape, it works fine in IE. But when I design with IE... THEN there are problems ahoy when I do my browser check. :p
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