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Old 08-29-2005, 11:13 AM   #1
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Default Commonest browser window shapes?

I feel as if I have been stuck in a cave for years!

In reading on another topic, I caught this intriguing comment by Christian Heilmann on A List Apart (a few paragraphs down under “The easier option”):
… most screens are wider than they are high …
Heilmann’s comment surprised me — but he posted it in May 2005, so it is probably not based on old standards.

But anyway, are most pages really wider than high? Is it important to design as if they were?

I tend to keep my browsers set in a somewhat page-shaped format (about 800 pixels wide X 1000 to 1200 pixels tall). When I design a page, that is the shape I assume. Of course, height isn’t controllable, so if I have a tall window, I would see a tall page.

Maybe this is why I sometimes need to scroll horizontally (something I loathe) — maybe I have been a portrait peg in a landscape hole the whole time.

Does it matter, so long as key content appears at the top of each page (what we old print-heads think of as “above the fold”) and if the pages flex to suit the width of browser windows?

Do you see mostly horizontal pages on the web? Maybe I am the only one surprised by this. I should probably poke my head out my cave more often!

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