Uncle Roger's Notebooks of Daily Life
My life is, to me, ripe with frequent challenges, occasional successes, spontaneous laughter, adequate tears, and enough *life* to last me a lifetime. To you, however, it surely seems most pedestrian. And therefore, I recycle the name I used previously and call this my Notebooks of Daily Life. Daily, because it's everyday in nature, ordinary. These conglomeration of events that are my life are of interest to me because I live it, perhaps mildly so to those who are touched by it, and could only be of perverse, morbid curiosity to anyone else. Yet, I offer them here nonetheless. Make of them what you will, and perhaps you can learn from my mistakes.
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Friday, October 15, 2004
Recently, I posted a story in which I included a photo. After much agonizing and soul-searching, I finally decided on a size of 320 by 240 pixels as being the best compromise between making it as big as possible and sizing it so as to fit in as many people's browser windows as possible.
Once upon a time, the default display settings for windows users were 640x480 -- VGA while Netscape (back when there weren't really any other choices) came up with a default width of 400 pixels on the Mac (likely due to the compact Macs.) So, a conscientious web designer who was interested in reaching the widest possible audience kept their web pages looking good at 400 pixels wide. I think we've gone past that, though I don't doubt there are still people out there using compact macs or windows systems set to VGA.
Still, I am not convinced that the majority of the world is running even at the 1024x768 that my laptop supports. On the other hand, a 320x240 image looks really small to me, especially on a 1280x1024 desktop.
So, given the current state of the internet, and keeping in mind that I want my websites to be as accessible as possible, both in and outside the US, what size should I make images that are included for their own sake (as opposed to images which merely illustrate a story without being the point of it)?