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Old January 19th, 2004, 04:47 PM
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Default Positioning pages to fit all screen resolutions?

I guess it's the age old problem, how do I create Web pages that will bit whatever screen resolution the user has, without creating a different Web page for each resolution.

Is CSS position style sheets the way to do this?

Any help would be appreciated...


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Old January 19th, 2004, 05:21 PM
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I would say that most designers design to fit an 800 x 600 resolution. Otherwise you can use percentages, which will conform to any screen size.

<div style='width: 98%;'>

Or perhaps a formula that will adjust pixel widths in the way that the aspect ratio is adjusted for images. Which could be accomplished with a bit of mathematics and likely javascript.

If you dabble much with absolute/relative positioning you'll find the percentage method has some drawbacks and that absolutely positioned elements don't always find their exact place when using percentage widths. And you will find that Gecko based browsers have some horrible bugs when using percentages on nested elements. (At least that's been my experience!)

My personal method, since my site relies heavily on positioning and layers, is a set pixel width designed to fit an 800 x 600 screen size, which is not uncommon.. I don't much notice it being too small.. I use a 1600 x 1200 resolution on a 22" monitor and 1280 x 1024 on a 17" monitor.. you might well go mad trying to find the right formula that jives with your aesthetic design! Because not only can the resolution vary, but different monitor sizes and settings might also factor in!

And here again, just my .02

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You can use tables with relative paramaters

ie <table width=100%>
This will usually size to the clients screen

Let me know if this helps
John






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