ken_b - 12:07 am on Jan 5, 2012 (gmt 0)
A fixed width design sized at anything beyond 1024 is probably going to be an issue for a lot of people.
Even with a 1280 width screen, and a full screen browser window, if the visitor simply has a bookmark/favorites sidebar open at its minimum width, they are probably maxing out the screen.
God forbid that the design includes full width lines of text in a paragraph that stretches to 25 lines. That's probably just to difficult for most visitors to read comfortably.
And the posters that mentioned tablets and mobile stuff have a good point.
I have a fixed width site design. It's pretty narrow at 728 pixels.
Even if one breaks the width into columns so individual lines are a readable width, I just can't see the point in designing a site that intentionally makes using the site more difficult for my visitors.
I also can't see much value in a design that hides whatever is important enough to place above the fold by putting it off screen and visible only via the use of a scroll bar.
I suppose one could always code the site to over ride the visitors setting and force it to open full screen. That should make the site even more popular.
and ken_b, lighten up!
Hey! Dint ya see the :) ?