Article by Alice Hopkins
Websites do have fabulous designs but to take a view of everything,
we need to use scroll bars. This is because people usually
have the 640x480 pixel supporting resolution. If there is
a wide limit of your audience, you need to make a website
that everyone can read with ease and look at the entire page
in one glance without using scrollbars.
Webmasters should not design pages of high resolution like
1024x786… it makes it difficult to view the page without
the usage of a 2-way scroll. Webmasters should realize that
the websites they design do not appear the same on all computers.
It is not the fault of the web master. He designs on his
latest computer. But for those who are aware of the results
of doing so loose visitors because of not using a small
Graphics wider than 600/620 pixels will need a horizontal
scrollbar at low resolutions. It can be frustrating if the
scrollbar needs to be used every 5/10 seconds. People may
also ignore or not realize the hidden content. What a big
loss it would be! Webmasters should at least make sure that
the main text can be seen by a 640x480 pixel monitor viewer.
If they have a targeted audience, they can of course design
according to the predicted resolution.
Now lets come from criticism to a solution. I would advise
use of graphic width less than 600 pixels and to not define
the <HR> tag and tables of more than the width mentioned.
Put your contents in a table composed of width less than
or equal to 600 pixels. Tables may be positioned at the
center and also be aligned on either left or right hand
side (if Style Sheets and DHTML features are being used).
You never know what size the viewer has set for the window.
So it’s likely to advise to use a table with width
% in place of pixels. This will resize the content according
to the window size.
The entire concept is to avoid scroll bars being used and
for this remember not to exceed 600 pixel width.