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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.

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Is your web site only targeting only users that browser full screen and only own 13" wide screen laptop computers? If so, it's a valid question. But consider the range of devices and screens and browsers your site users might be viewing your site with. – DA01 Mar 11 '11 at 17:49
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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

  • take approx 120-150px off the vertical height (browser/OS chrome)
  • take approx 20px off the horizontal width (scroll bar)

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.

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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.

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