Are Wider web designs are here for good?

With all the discussions about what width to set a web page, I notice the BBC News (http://news.bbc.co.uk/) has finally grown in page width, scrapping the really narrow format. And now has Big fonts!.

Can we say goodbye to designing at 780px width and less?


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Look at the default window size in Safari. It used to be around 800px wide, now it defaults to 1024. I used to work to keep it at the narrower size to test sites, but now I keep it at 1024. I’m scrolling horizontally much less, and that has been since the release of Safari 3, at least.


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But don’t you think by making the site much wider, a designer compensates by making the designs much deeper, to achieve a nicer proportion to the page? And as a result making pages that need lots of scrolling down.


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I don’t think scrolling is the issue it used to be although, as
always, it depends on the content. For a collection of items, e.g. a
news site, eBay or a forum, scrolling is usually preferable to
spreading the content over several shorter pages but you shouldn’t
need to scroll down to see the bottom of an image.

Roger

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Some of the sites you’re looking at have a lot of content, as Roger says. Scrolling in one direction is preferable to two directions.


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Yeah, but the BBC news home page, have the same amount of content as last week, but its groooowwwwn, into mega web 2 proportions big text, and long drop. So I was interested in other designers comments on how such a public site will effect web design trends.

On 31 Mar. 2008, 2:19 pm, Joe Muscara wrote:

Some of the sites you’re looking at have a lot of content, as Roger says. Scrolling in one direction is preferable to two directions.


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