I no longer care about 800x600 1

Wednesday, October 11

This site’s design (Scribbish) looks much better at a width of 900px. Which violates the minimum screen resolution guidelines I’ve been employing since 1999. But no more! I’ve decided that I just don’t give a shit about people with screen resolutions less than 1024×768px. I mean, come on. This is the future.

I hereby declare 1024×768 to be the new minimum. Tell your friends.

I’m not alone here. I’ve noticed more and more sites doing this, especially those that cater to an audience of programmers and other tech-minded individuals. One that comes immediately to mind is InfoQ. There are others. I’ve seen them. I just can’t remember any of them right now.

Cameron Moll has touched on this topic recently.

Let’s face it: The jump from developing for 800×600 to 1024×n is inevitable; not only inevitable, but just around the corner, too.

See Optimal width for 1024px resolution for his thoughts on what the new perfect width should be.

Even Jakob Nielsen is an advocate of going wide, and who are we to argue with the so-called “usability Pope” (He displays that quote on his homepage. Really. Also note that his photo is the most prominent thing on the page. And there’s a link right under it pointing out the fact that high-resolution photos are available for download, of which this one is my favorite, but of course, there are several).

Anyway, here’s his current resolution recommendation

Optimize for 1024×768, which is currently the most widely used screen size. Of course, the general guideline is to optimize for your target audience’s most common resolution, so the size will change in the future. It might even be a different size now, if, say, you’re designing an intranet for a company that gives all employees big monitors.

See his Alertbox writeup, Screen Resolution and Page Layout for the full report.

So, yeah. Quoted-Printable is now among the wide. And it looks so much better. Especially the code sections with their pretty syntax coloring. Wouldn’t you agree? The changes to Scribbish are in svn. See the download page for instructions on checking it out.


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  1. Hendy IrawanOctober 20, 2006 @ 07:57 PM

    I have to agree with you that most people these days use 1024×768. And it sucks to design for less than that.

    But don’t forget there are people using sidebars, like me. Sometimes when you really like a sidebar, closing it just to view a page conveniently is just ain’t convenient.