I like to use 960px . All modern monitors support at least 1024 × 768 pixel resolution. 960 is divisible by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15, 16, 20, 24, 30, 32, 40, 48, 60, 64, 80, 96, 120, 160, 192, 240, 320 and 480. This makes it a highly flexible base number to work with.
I used to work with a guy that would open his browser window to full width of his 20-something inch screen. I noticed some sites he visited would take up that full width. I don’t know how he read that.
Just remember that there gets to be a certain point where line length gets to be too long. I’m still sticking with designs that are around 800 pixels wide to keep line lengths reasonable (IMNSHO) as well as to have the overall look of the page to be in the range of a letter (or A4 in some cases) piece of paper. I don’t like web sites that sprawl too far “east-west.”
The other part of my question was vertically. I know anyone can scroll but what would the optimum be for that first page vertically? My client wants to know what is the typical vertically before scrolling.
On an 800 x 600 screen, the maximum amount you can count on is 760px
x 390px. That’s after IE Windows has spewed toolbars and favorites
bars and tiki bars all over the screen. Anything you want to count on
someone seeing “above the fold” needs to fit into that space. But
after that, it’s as much height as you need, really. If your content
is compelling, believe me – people will scroll.
On Jul 14, 2008, at 4:38 PM, Chod Lang wrote:
The other part of my question was vertically. I know anyone can
scroll but what would the optimum be for that first page
vertically? My client wants to know what is the typical vertically