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11:26 am on Sep 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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What is meant by a "Full screen" website?

I was surfing the usual work boards, and noticed an add looking for a fullscreen website, and I am a little confused as to what this means. The add calls for examples of a fullscreen website example, and I am not sure I can provide one without really knowing what one is.

Any help?

1:32 pm on Sept 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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That sounds like a design layout that always fills the entire window, no matter what the screen resolution is. That's just my best guess. It might also mean a layout that ONLY fills the full screen no matter what the resolution (that is, it never shows scrollbars and always fills the screen).
10:47 am on Sept 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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any suggestions on how to do that?
a tag of some sort?
11:04 am on Sept 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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You could use an inline style to do this

such as

<title>Your Title</title>
<body style="width:100%;">
... Your Content .....

or external style sheet.

Usually ugly and not well suited to pages with only a small amount of content in my opinion.

11:30 am on Sept 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I could see how full screen could be used successfully in a series of designs, but that has to be one good looking design to make it full screen... don't most designers do their best to work with the enitre screen?
5:26 pm on Sept 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I don't know about "most" but "many" seem to be locked in to a pixel relationship on websites. My guess is this is directly related to the fact that many of them work in Photoshop or Illustrator, which for the most part deal with documents of a specific size. This is also why so many ask "what's the most used screen resolution?" They are looking for a way to apply this slight tunneled vision to a target audience.

The browser viewport is a fluid medium. You never know how large your visitor's monitor will be, what resolution, what browser, or even if they can view images, execute Javascript, or see a Flash object. Your palette is no longer simple known colors on a two dimensional canvas but has the added complications of an unknown canvas size and user environment. You must rethink your methods to present it properly to all users.

So it's not just screen resolution, but the most appropriate approach is to present a page that indeed uses a percentage of the screen width and with a max-width property (which is not yet fully supported) and center it on the page. This will present the site the same to the largest majority of users.

"Full screen website" is a scary term to me. In extreme cases it implies a situation where the browser takes over, removing all navigation and menu bars filling the screen with only site content (done on pron sites frequently.) This is obnoxious and fearful.

In reasonable use, filing the available viewport as above is perfectly acceptable and leaves the controls in the viewers' hands.


<div id="main_content" style="width:95%; margin:auto;">

Your content



9:06 pm on Sept 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Folks, I think there is a quick Java snippet that can "force maximize" the browser window.

Some project director who was feeling inadequate saw it on a Web page and loved it...

But don't do it! It's awful as the previous writer mentioned. I do research online with a browser, work processor, graphics editor, FTP, you name it, all open - as most of you do too. Somebody's "ego-monument" web page jumping wide open "all up in my face" is dreadful. It's digital bad breath.

-- Bonnie

11:43 am on Sept 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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"Full screen", this may also mean a browser window without any toolbars, top or bottom, I guess.

Not something I would do, since I hate it when it is done to me ;)

7:18 pm on Sept 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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This sounds to me like some client who does not know what to call it but wants the site to stretch 100% and be fluid..

the only other way that works IMO is using flash .. to actually fill the screen like a kiosk .. but as mentioned I believe users do not like to be forced in to full screen .. so go for option 1


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