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Most stats like these seem to come from the administrator's logs of websites that have something to do with webmastering. I believe that this would throw things off, kind of like the way the firefox browser shows up a lot more often at websites that have to do with webdesign. It's not your typical crowd.
Does anyone know of an un-slanted source for this information? I've recently noticed a lot of sites that set their widths to 900 pixels or more, which forces people with a screen resolution of 800 x 600 have to scroll horizontally (or change their screen res).
I always set my widths to a percentage, which lets the page adjust to each person's browser. I always thought that this was the correct way to do it. But there are so many sites, even very professional sites, that ignore this, that I'm starting to wonder if I'm missing something. Am I missing something? Isn't it better to set your widths to a percentage, rather than pixels?
My own preferences aside, what I'm really wondering is if anyone knows of a good, reliable source for stats on screen resolutions. I'd like to know what percentage of people are actually using these higher resolutions. Anybody got a source?
"select a design width that avoids horizontal scrolling"
you will find a chart that gives the usage at various resolutions and the percentage of the audience that can view a page without scrolling horizontally.
currently, it says that about 55% are using 1024 width, which will cover 77% of the population when greater than 1024 width screens are added to the total.
the chart is updated frequently.