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4 February, 2006

Windows users: don't occupy entire screen!

Carl from Switched to Apple / Mac wrote:

Windows users are commonly using all programs in full screen windows. Ironically, Windows users don’t really use “windows”.

And I can't agree any less.

Recently I slightly modified the layout of SillyDog701 Message Centre. I only changed the front door of it, from <table ... width"100%" ... > to <table ... width"750" ... >. Yes, I use width="750" (750 pixel) wide as my design guideline.

What do I use 750 pixels wide? Simply, I hate horizontal scrolling, and I don't see the need to enforce everybody to open their browser window at maximum. Plus I highly doubt many Windows users use wide format screen.

This is the screenshot (scaled down) of SD701 Message Centre at a window opened at approximately 800 pixel wide.

sdmc_800.jpg

Without a doubt I received some complaints. They complained that the white part in the middle is gone, and it's weird to leave space on the right. (What?)

Let me show you a screenshot (scaled down) under a browser window opened at approximately 1024 pixel wide.
sdmc_1024.jpg

Just to demonstrator if I listen to them and keep elements aligned to both sides:
This is what it would have looked like under Apple Cinema Display (20 inches).
sdmc_1680.jpg

Do Windows users always assume other people have the same setting as them? And everybody opens the window at maximum? They should learn to use “windows”, and leave some room for other stuff, even if their screen has resolution of 1024 by 768, opening browser windows (and actually any application) at around 800 pixels wide is a good choice, so you can see other stuff from different window.

The SillyDog701 discussion: Screen resolutions and window maximising.

Posted by Antony on 4 February 2006 2:53 PM | website related

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Do Windows users always assume other people have the same setting as them? And everybody opens the window at maximum?
Do Mac users always assume other people have the same setting as them? And everybody opens the window at 800 pixel?
Posted by on 28 February 2006 9:44 AM.
Sorry, that last comment was mine.
Posted by Pu7o on 28 February 2006 9:45 AM.
It is be design style. Pages must look like great in all resolutions. And if i have a time i use different design for different windows.
Posted by Dmitry on 28 March 2007 6:15 PM.
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