Monday, December 1, 2008

FAQ: The Weirding Resolution

Click on any page on The Weirding and you will see a little disclaimer at the top, just under the titlebar, which says "This site best viewed at 1024x768 resolution." This is the resolution at which The Weirding is best viewed; this is why I put it on the page, and placed it so prominently.

I realize that sounds insulting, so let me explain:

More than one person has sent me screen captures of pages on which words and titles were overlapping. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out why they were showing up differently on those folks' monitors than on mine. I tried different browsers, OS, resolutions, and more... only to one day accidentally discover that they had chosen the "Zoom" feature in their browser.

Interestingly, I first designed the site to function this way. Check out the 70-30 Interview. That's why the paragraphs are so far apart. But since I had that disclaimer so prominently displayed all over... everywhere, I figured people would understand that, should they experience problems viewing the site, they needed to check their settings! After all, for those of us who can see things at the correct resolution, elements spaced so far apart look... off.

I chose this resolution because it was high enough to support the graphics and elements I wanted to use without being so high that only a portion of the audience could appreciate it as it was meant to be seen. I - and many visitors - have equipment which can support higher resolutions and The Weirding would look better at these settings. Then, I could even space the elements far enough apart so you could Zoom a few times without it looking weird if you didn't. The caveat is that, if I did, you would basically have to Zoom-in to read the text!

At any rate, I just wanted to let you know how that works. If you want to get the most out of The Weirding, you basically need to change your resolution to 1024x768. In a few years, I will redesign to support a higher resolution... I just hope that by then I'm not the only one working on this - or it'll take another 10 years to get that far!

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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