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Re: screen resolution

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2001 07:15:30 -0400 (EDT)
To: <sifyalok@sify.com>
cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0107100710520.16256-100000@tux.w3.org>

I assume for the minute that you are doing layout with tables. I think
this is a bad thing in principle, but in your client's case they may leave
you no choice. I hope you have at least considered the possiblity of using
CSS (except for the things that some browsers actually do so badly that they
make dcontent unreadable).

I would go with the approach of using relative sizes (percentages) for
tables, but be aware that people may have very wide differences in font
sizes, and you should respect those.

For clients with script-capable browsers download time would probably not
increase a whole lot to check for resolution, but it might not be worth the
development effort.

So I would go with approach 1, if you find that you cannot get sufficient
control using margins and relative sizes in CSS, which is in fact my
preferred option.


Charles McCN

On Tue, 10 Jul 2001 sifyalok@sify.com wrote:

  Hi All,

  I am doing a very large website which is meant for a very wide audience. The clinet would not want to miss even smaller percentages (which use 640x480) resolutions.

  Following approaches are suggested:

  1. Keep tables in percentage and not in pixels
  in larger resolution the spread of text will increase, thus reducing online readability
  2. Check for client resolution and throw the page accordingly
  download time would increase (theoraticle analysis, no data yet)
  development time should also go up

  What else can be done, and any oter advantages or disadvantages with above 2?

  Alok Jain
  Sr.Interaction Manager
  Satyam Infoway Ltd.
  This mail sent through : http://mail.sify.com

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