Jakob Nielsen’s in his alertbox looks at the current statistics for screen resolution and recommends that designers should optimise for a 1024 screen, while still ensuring that it works at lower and higher settings. He points out that while 60% of users have a screen set at 1024, not all users (especially as the resolution gets higher), will actually use the whole screen. (He’s omitted to mention the fact that even if the browser is maximised, many will have a side bar of some sort open; nor has he really mentioned the needs of very small screens – such as those on PDAs etc.)
Jakob recommends that a fluid design should be used, to ensure that all screens work.  Jakob himself is using a 2048×1536 display!
Via Stephen D.

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