Optimized for 1024x768
By greimer on Dec 18, 2006
I've taken the plunge. The web is undergoing a transition from 800x600 to 1024x768. I was a little worried about that trend at first, because a lot of users still have 800x600 screens. But I still believe that content is king. As long as all the content is visible on an 800x600 screen, the sidebar can be placed on the right-hand side and pushed off the screen, and people won't really care.
Over at Authentic Boredom, Cameron Moll made some good observations about optimizing for 1024 screens. Based on that, this design is 960px wide. Thanks, Cameron. Someday, I believe that sun.com, or portions of it, will take this same step.
Update: I should also say that the web metrics for blogs.sun.com, which I have access to, show over 76% of visitors using a browser width of 1000px or higher. Greater than 84% have widths over 900px. This isn't screen resolution, but actual viewport width.