Re: question about page dimensions

by "Darrell King" <darrell(at)>

 Date:  Thu, 12 Apr 2001 09:28:04 -0400
 To:  <hwg-basics(at)>
 References:  erols
  todo: View Thread, Original
If you have WebTV users in your audience, you may wish to lower
the width even more, as they don't have horizontal scrollbars at
all.  We use 560 pixels as a guideline: the page must compress to
hold an element of 560 pixels' width without scrolling
horizontally.  To help make this policy coexist peacefully with
larger resolutions, we have been using variations of liquid tables
(no URL offhand) quite a bit this year.

Monitor size does not control absolutely the available screen
width.  The resolution setting for a 17" monitor can range from
640x480 upwards to over 1200 pixels in width.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Maria K. Wolf" <makare(at)>

Hi all,

I am in the process of designing a new homepage for a site in
Image-Ready.  (The site was designed using GoLive 5, the URL is  However, I am confused
what page size to use.  The audience will primarily be the parents
special needs children, who have 14-inch or possibly 17-inch
monitors.  Also, the client has a 14-inch monitor at work, and is
that this is the standard size monitor--despite my efforts to
convince her
otherwise. . . :)  So I will be designing the homepage to fit on a
monitor, for both Windows and Mac users, using both IE and NN.

Does anyone have any standard dimensions that they use for page
size given
the above?  I have heard many different answers to the question. .
. . one
web design class I took said design for 612 pix w x 326 h.
Another said
design for 595 w x 295 h. . . My brother suggested I design for
580 h x 450
w. . . Web design in a Nutshell suggests the minimum live space to
for would be 612 x 315. . . .

Anyone have any suggestions?

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