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First, something about me ... I'm a bit anal. That said:

Survey:
What ... is your preference? Pros & Cons? to fixing the webpage width versus letting it flow the width of the browser window/monitor?
If width is favored, is centering the material preferred?

Want to set width to about 700, then when someone prints the page the printed version is pretty darn close to matching the screen.

Items I've considered:
1. If window size is less than "700" then horizontal scrolling Shock(
2. I have better control of the relative position of text and graphics. i.e.:
- Getting text on two lines to be over/under each other.
- Text next to images.

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To "fix width the webpage" or not to "fix wid

Me

I prefer fixed width, about 760 wide. Just enough to fit with a scrollbar in 800x600.

And centered.

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To "fix width the webpage" or not to "fix wid

I don't mind either, but generally end up designing and developing fluid layouts.

If your concerned about print, you can generate a separate stylesheet for print output only, by using the media declaration in your stylesheet <link...> tag.

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To &quot;fix width the webpage&quot; or not to &quot;fix wid

ClevaTreva wrote:
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I prefer fixed width, about 760 wide. Just enough to fit with a scrollbar in 800x600.

And centered.
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How do you do that kind of design in css with flexible widths on either side of the main content?
I tried one way but it turned out weird.

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To &quot;fix width the webpage&quot; or not to &quot;fix wid

i don't think that's possible without using a table,
but more to the point, why would you want to
do that? Unless the center col is very narrow
the side cols could vary wildly in width, and even
be squeezed out entirely. It seems to me the only
possible use for such a layout would be for text in
the side cols and a narrow fixed width center col
for images or whatever.

If that is the needed layout, then the table method
is the only choice, AFAIK.

http//www.positioniseverything.net/

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To &quot;fix width the webpage&quot; or not to &quot;fix wid

Well the reason i would use it would be to center the site and make it look busier Tongue

An almost empty site i'm working on looked more full when it wasn't 100% the width of the browser.

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To &quot;fix width the webpage&quot; or not to &quot;fix wid

Fruitcake wrote:
Well the reason i would use it would be to center the site and make it look busier Tongue

An almost empty site i'm working on looked more full when it wasn't 100% the width of the browser.

Agreed

AND, the human brain is programmed to focus on what it looks at in a certain way. Having a page 100% width causes the brain to find something in the page to focus on, whereas with margins on each side the brain sees the overall effect first and picks up your styling more effectively.

That's why we print things with margins on paper, rather than use all of it, to get the brain to focus on the whole of the content. Some magazines will use the focus thing by not puttung a margin to force the initial focus to an image or headline.

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