ever since i started building sites, i've been told that horizontal scrollbars are a big no-no. no one likes scrolling sideways, so i left them out.
i always used a fluid layout, so everything re-sized with the window.
but now i've got to put an ad space in that measures 728 across -- one of those big leaderboard things, and its very hard to avoid horizontal scrollbars.
so i've been looking at all the big sites in my sector, and i was surprised to see that every single one of them spawns a horizontal scrollbar when you reduce the window even a fraction below full-size. (they've all got the same leaderboard ad space as well)
then i looked at a few more big sites, like the search results at google and bing, and they all spawn the scrollbars too. so does the BBC site, Yahoo, eBay, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Amazon, and practically every big site that i could think of.
The only site that i could find that still uses a fluid layout was wikipedia.
it seems that a fixed width layout with horizontal scrollbars is the norm these days. am i just behind the times or are the scrollbars still frowned upon?