Yesterday, May 15th 2006, Yahoo! Inc. released a link in their blog to a preview page of their new layout which perhaps may set the standard in pushing away from developing for 800×600 resolution. It will not fit without horizontal scrollbars at 800×600 resolution, but fits the screen nice and neatly with just a small padding around the edges in 1024×768. Frankly, I’m suprised to see them make the move to a fixed-width, non-fluid template.
The new left navigation menu is also very cutting edge “web 2.0″. While still sorted in alphabetical order, it utilizes web 2.0-style “tags” in which the more popular items are in a larger font.
Will this release finally give the last push to totally abandon 800×600? I don’t know if i’m quite ready for that yet. I for one know that both my parents in their early 50′s use 800×600 on their 17″ CRT, and they have a hard time seeing that sometimes, so I cannot imagine them moving to 1024×768. Perhaps, this will become the leading accesibility issue, perhaps it will have no effect. But I for one still believe in making sites fluid, or at the very least, not so wide as too force a horizontal scroll bar.
EDIT: 5/17/2006, 14:36 GMT -5
I think it is fitting that after nearly 20,000 views and 1500+ Digg’s to this page, that i include the real-time image of the resolution stats visiting this page. While only 2% as of this writing are on 800×600, the results are skewed as us techies are more apt to have better equipment.