Re: Fluid design ... always?

Subject: Re: Fluid design ... always?
From: Kate <kate -at- pulpculture -dot- org>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2005 22:17:15 -0500

At 09:57 PM 12/19/2005, Geoff Purchase wrote:

Kate wrote:

But, one thing many clients utterly hate is a site that stretches across the screen making the line lengths too long for ease of reading. I agree, coming from a publishing industry background. It doesn't make any sense if the point is to develop a site that people will read, why make it hard to read?

What are the thoughts on it here?

Well, there are the users who hate a fixed width design (like me). I've found that my users who are concerned about the long line lengths invariably run all their windows maximised. Fixed width pages (which can't be resized) are the main reason I now run two monitors. Personally I figure if you're going to create a fixed width HTML page you may as well be using PDF because the end result is basically the same.



You must be working with people who know how to do things like copy-cut-paste an URL. :) Many of my clients, though not this particular one, are completely clueless about the Internets(tm). They think a plain-text e-mail is an attachment, etc. etc. Thus, the notion that you can resize a browser is completely foreign to most of them. I was sitting in a clients office a month ago and showed him how to do it: surprise! He asked, so what's the point of buying this size monitor. (I didn't bother explaining how you can leave the space for other apps.)

This particularly client, as with others, just don't like to see fluid design. As far as I'm concerned, it's their money and the only people who will have anything to say are technically competent folks in Web design space. In which case, they are unlikely to need our services. :)

I just want to know why you prefer it if you do, so I can gather together the different opinions to have in my arsenal.


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