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PowerStore Template/Pages - CSS: Why 1019px width?

Thread began 1/23/2010 7:13 pm by neilo | Last modified 1/25/2010 6:00 pm by Jimmy Wu | 1995 views | 5 replies |

neilo

PowerStore Template/Pages - CSS: Why 1019px width?

Hi guys,

I was just wondering what the thinking was behind the decision to make the pages of PowerStore 1019px wide?

As around 50% of all screen resolutions today are still 1024px wide, (and around 65% are 1024 or less) this means that the store forces a horizontal scroll bar to appear on the majority of browsers, so one of the first tasks a designer has to do is to either lose the drop-shadow effect or else take a images to Photoshop and fiddle with the stylesheets before he/she can begin on the store itself.

You just needed to chop a dozen px off the width to avoid this problem!

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Jimmy Wu

There is no real reason that it is set at that width. The store wasn't looked at in 1024 resolution.

According to the w3c, about 76% of the monitor resolutions are over 1024px in width now:
browsers_display.asp

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neilo

Thanks Jimmy, but

I find it hard to believe that screen resolution wasn't considered in the design; - or if it was, that someone decided that reducing the width by a few pixels to accomodate the (?)% of people with a certain resolution wasn't worth it. That was either an mistake or a bad decision.

You haven't indicated if this will be corrected in future versions, said you will forward the comment to whoever is responsible for these things, or indicated that my concerns could be taken on board.

Every web designer considers screen resolution during a build. Invoking a horizontal scrollbar is a design no-no. If I provided a client with a finished site that didn't display correctly in a 1024 screen all for the sake of a few pixels, he could and should ask that I correct it.

I pointed out a needless flaw in a product design Jimmy, - hopefully someone will give it some consideration.

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Jimmy Wu

I'm sorry, I should have mentioned that I had talked to the development team and the width issue will not be addressed in V3, since the design work is already done for that, but it is logged for V4 as something that needs to be changed.

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neilo

Excellent - thanks Jimmy.

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Jimmy Wu

Thank you for bringing the issue to our attention.

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