Posted Jan 17, 2004 in Blogging.
I have always respected Jeffrey Zeldman, and I have been particularly impressed by his writing, but I feel that he is long overdue in accepting that very few of his readers have less than 800 pixels of width to work with. His latest redesigns have employed a centered, fixed-width approach, with the width being set at 600 pixels.
Most users, according to relatively recent trends have their computers set at a resolution of either 800 by 600, or 1024 by 768 pixels. That means that both The Daily Report and, perhaps more importantly, A List Apart have lots of wasted space on either side. The latter suffers in particular, because ALA title readers tend to be a little geekier, and are therefore likely to use higher screen resolutions.
I have a 21-inch monitor, with my screen resolution set to 1280 by 1024. That means I can fit both sites side by side on my screen, with room to spare. The latest article on ALA has code examples leaking out of the narrow column provided for them.
I have no problem with seeing fixed-width layouts, although I prefer fluid-width, but please make them appropriate for a minimum resolution of 800 pixels wide.
Update: In fact, the leaking code examples mentioned above are fine in Internet Explorer for Windows 6.0. It is in Opera 7.0 and recent Gecko browsers that I observe the problem.