Fixed v/s variable width web pages

6 May 2008 - 9:18am
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Vishal Subraman...
2005

This topic has been explored many times from a web design POV, but rarely
from an IxD one. When would you use each of the options? Fixed width seems
to have become the de-facto choice in content based websites, and variable
width in online tools. A great compromise is the combo method where its
fixed above and/or below a certain resolution/ window size and variable
inbetween. Thoughts?
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6 May 2008 - 11:26am
Jens Meiert
2004

> A great compromise is the combo method where its fixed above and/or
> below a certain resolution/ window size and variable inbetween.

Exactly. :)

(Flexible at first in order to show more content, then fixed in order
to avoid legibility problems […].)

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6 May 2008 - 11:59am
Weixi Yen
2007

There was a study on the # of characters people can read in 1 line without
being annoyed. That width is actually quite narrow.

For aesthetics, I prefer certain content areas to be fixed, and others to be
stretched, all on the same layout.

For apps, I prefer no scrolling around, everything should be contained on
the screen if possible.

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