I remember me very well the last website project meetings with customers:
Why is my website so small? There is so much space to right and the left, why is this? Most of the people I know having laptops / computers with wide screens.
Sure, those customers have a point; the average computer equipment becomes still better. They are faster, having modern web browsers and most of all they have faster Internet connections.
But what is the future of the Internet?
A few years ago if someone asked me to use my mobile phone to surf the Internet I answered: “No, I don’t like to hurt my eyes with this tiny screen”.
Since the last years there are bigger displays for mobile phones and there are PDA’s and handheld PC’s. At least since my wife got her new LG mobile phone I like to surf the net by phone ;)
Last week I bought new small laptop for the vacation; A Eee PC from Asus. This “light” laptop PC has some kind of Debian operating system, Wifi technology and the screen resolution is 800*480 pixel. The specs are good enough to surf the web, read/write documents and also to play some games.
Okay, back to the begin, the “Screen resolution” discussion. I noticed that a lot of websites are designed for a 1024*768 pixel screen resolution or higher! A company as Asus knows the market and I agree that these tiny laptops have a big future market. why? Because the costs are less than $500 and they are very mobile (weight is less than one kg).
So what’s next? Create style-sheets for (normal) screens, print, mobile devices such as PDA’s and for modern light weight PC’s with lower screen resolutions? After checking a lot of websites I created the last years I think a lot of those layouts created for a 800*600 pixel sized screen are still very attractive, even on my bigger Laptop (1920*1200 pixels). Sure A lot of websites I created are larger sized and also the theme I’m using for this Blog is larger, but I think we should keep in mind that websites are not only viewed on modern and large LCD screens.
Before we start with our next website project we should think about visitors using the following equipment to surf the Internet:
- The Internet Channel on game Consoles (f.e. Nintendo Wii)
- Modern desktop PC’s connected to bigger Flat screen televisions
- (online) Presentation tools
Do you know more?