Does anybody know what the guides should be set at get a basic viewport for the typical 13" widscreen laptop?
Anybody know of a template of sorts that can assist in this matter?
Thanks in advance.
This will vary with the make and model of a specific laptop but at 13" and widescreen: either 1366x768 or 1280x800 pixels is a pretty safe bet for the screen res. taking the smallest dimension of both gives a likely 1280x768
this leaves approx 1260x600 px for a maximised window.
you should make sure your webdesign works at a number of different resolutions though. It is common for a user to run their web browser at less than full screen, and your design should be fluid to accomodate this.
You could also consider making your left and right margins elastic so it can adjust to the various makes / models / users out there. I will typically create a div that's less than 800 px wide and center it in the body. The content goes in there and it stays a consistent width no matter how wide they make the browser window. It makes life a lot easier when figuring out page layout and flow.