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But keep in mind that many people using 1200+ resolution monitors are actually viewing multiple smaller windows on their screens at once. So even if your visitor has a monster 1600x1200 monitor, they may be viewing your site in an 800px wide window...
> Question. How did you determine that?
Sorry for the delayed response. Been in a coma with the update.
My counter service gives me visitor screen res. info.. along with other data.
I notices the 1200+ res. visitors are not staying long at all. This is troublesome and why I need info on this.
This technic or architecture is often referred to as 'liquid' page design. You've undoubltly experenced these sites where the content resizes to the current browser window size.
Most content will work well in this scheme. However there are some instances that require fixed position content and this would be a less that perfect solution in that case.
I experimanted with a similar resolution and also found that I would not have the pages maximised either - was one the advantages of having more real estate.
('experimented with a similar resolution' - till my eyes started to blur and I got tunnel vision)
Most users at high res may only have the windows open at 800x600 because the vast majority of sites use a fixed width layout that suits this res. Theres no point in viewing these sites with a bigger window, because you just get a lot of empty space.
To make sure that people with large screens see your site as intended, you need design it so that it also works in portrait format. I routinely have two browser windows next to each other on my 1280x1024 screen, and they are always taller than wide. It just doesn't make sense to have several landscape format windows on a landscape format monitor at the same time. So if you want your scyscraper ads to be seen by people like me, then you better make sure that they don't fall outside the viewable area in such an arrangement.
Heres how I grab screen res. and depth for log anaylisis:
1) Create a single pixel transparent GIF: ex.
screen_info.gif ( you can omit this if you dont mind seeing a ton of 404's) and upload it to your server
document.write('<img width="1" height="1" src="/screen_info.gif?' +
'width=' + screen.width + '&height=' + screen.height + '&depth=' + screen.colorDepth + '">\n');
Every time the page loads you get an entry with the users screen info in the log.
My log file analyzer does the rest.
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