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Subject: Re: [Ess] ESSEX On- Line Parish Clerks site
Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2009 08:07:19 EDT
In a message dated Thu, 11 Jun 2009 23:26:28 +0200 GMT Daylight Time,
Diane Wynne (mailto:) writes:
>What I can?t understand is why commercial site still stick to 800
>pixels wide. This seems way out of date.
>As an amateur website developer (I write sites for local clubs as a
>hobby), I code the pages so that they fit to the resolution of the
>individual settings i.e. my web sites can be viewed at any resolution
>without need for the horizontal scroll bar.
>>From a 60 year + old ex programmer/systems designer back in the 1960s.
The usual answer is 'legacy systems'. Although most people can cope with
different resolutions, there will still be some people who haven't upgraded
and will not be able to successfully view a web page, whatever you set. 600
by 800 pixels is the lowest common denominator and ensures that virtually
everybody will be able to see a reasonably complete page.
An unconnected, but related, difficulty is the use of pound signs. Anybody
outside the UK will normally be unable to view a pound sign successfully
due to the different character sets available to them. In this case, the
business world goes back to the days of the teletype and use a currency code
for all monetary characters. This character code is two letters indicating
the country and one character indicating the currency used there. So, for
the UK, the pound's currency code is GBP and for America USD (eg GBP9.99
would show a penny short of 10 pounds). The euro's currency code is EUR.
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