SVGA resolutions down to 12%

OneSTAT released their PR regarding monitor resolutions, just as they do every year. The SVGA resolution, 800×600, is now down to 12% among internet users. Some will say that this resolution is not significant anymore, but in my opinion, 12% is still 12%. And the fact is, that larger resolution web sites means more trouble for mobile browsers. And given that most sites don’t have autodetection or a mobile web site, this makes browsing even more difficult for mobile users (”breaking” many nested tables it’s very difficult job for a mobile browser).

More over, KDE/Gnome developers and third party devs are not careful anymore for most of their apps to fit on SVGA (when calculating the height of two 24-pixel taskbars and the window manager height). The “About me” and the “Gnome keyring” preference panels for example, don’t fit.

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KCorax wrote on June 25th, 2006 at 7:35 AM PST:

> 12% is still 12%
That’s true at the time of measurement, but trends do matter and the fact is that you cannot buy a screen that displays natively 800-600 at this moment. Further on if you were a start-up with a limited budget, building a smaller screen version of your web content doesn’t nececarilly pay for the investment, neither in immediate revenue nor in brand recognizability.

I cannot imagine slashdot or digg (or osnews for that matter) needing to support small resolutions since the tech enthusiast audience tends to get better displays.
Martha Stuart’s one one the other hand had better be 640-480 enabled and light enough to navigate on dialups.

The Gnome windows you refer to are just sad to look at. To me they are testament to the fact the foundation is rather underhanded and often hides the fact that they cannot deliver functionality behind the clause of simplicity. If they really cared they could just split the windows in more tabs using Glade…


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Eugenia wrote on June 25th, 2006 at 8:39 AM PST:

I understand this, it’s just that I think that if you need more than 800×600 for a web site, something is wrong with the design in the first place. That resolution is enough to fit well-structured information. The only times that I feel that an app should require more is when the app is a pro CAD or 3D design app of a sort.


Thom Holwerda wrote on June 25th, 2006 at 8:54 AM PST:

800×600 is more than enough to make a website. In fact, I *hate* websites designed for 1024+ as they force me to make my windows way too large. I prefer to keep my browser windows small.


Tom Dison wrote on June 26th, 2006 at 5:35 AM PST:

I prefer to keep my browser windows small.

I think that is something all web/app designers forget – yours is not the only application the user is running. Perhaps they don’t want the whole screen filled with you app. If apps/pages are going to fill the whole screen, then we might as well get rid of the names “Windows” and “XWindows”.


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