Re: Web page displays and screen resolution

Subject: Re: Web page displays and screen resolution
From: Tom Herme <hermet -at- DNINEVADA -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Mar 1999 09:11:14 -0800

My general answer is whatever fits for the user. So, OK, big deal, you say. On
a practical level, I use a product called BrowserSizer to view pages on the
fly. BrowserSizer is available for download from CNET ( (ZDNET
may also offer it as a download.) This utility is very handy. After installing
it on your computer, its icon sits in your system tray in Windows whenever you
open it. I use it to view a page in 640 x 480, 800 x 600, and 1024 x 768 screen
resolutions (a Web TV option is also available). You can also choose either the
Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer browser, assuming they're both

This is what I do:

1. Start my HTML editor.
2. Open the document I'm editing.
3. Start BrowserSizer.
4. Preview the HTML document on my monitor (I set mine at 1152 x 864) using
the HTML editor's preview feature.
5. Click BrowserSizer from the system tray, and then click the resolution I
want to view (for example, 640 x 480).
6. When finished viewing, maximize the viewing window back to its original

I like the convenience that this product gives me. Oh, by the way, I have no
association with this product.


Debbie Pesach wrote:

> Greetings!
> My company is working on a web-based (HTML pages) interface for a
> product. I'd like to educate the designer (and myself) who has asked me
> what screen size is best for the design of the web pages. (I have
> checked the archives - I always do first, Eric- but haven't found what
> I'm looking for).
> Since (I think) the issue is not screen size but screen resolution,
> could you brilliant denizens please give me a quick tutorial on what
> determines how web pages are displayed and what would be considered the
> best resolution to set the pages.
> I'll add that our clients are varied (we don't know which browsers
> they'll be using).
> Any other tips you can provide as to what we should check (different
> browsers, etc.) to try and keep the pages displaying at least in the
> realm of how we want them would be appreciated.
> As always, I'll be happy to summarize. Make sure to respond to me
> directly because I'm on digest.
> Debbie Pesach
> Lynk, Ltd.
> dpesach -at- soholynk -dot- com

Tom Herme
mailto://hermet -at- dninevada -dot- com

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