[thelist] wide-screen monitors and sites

Bill Moseley moseley at hank.org
Fri Feb 9 12:13:46 CST 2007

On Fri, Feb 09, 2007 at 10:45:24AM -0700, Bob Meetin wrote:
> What was interesting here is that viewing sites through FF on widescreen 
> did not appear to cause any distortion or stretching but with IE (6*) 
> sites were stretched wide (in addition to some breaking).  The question 
> to the group, will widescreen standalone monitors behave the same as 
> laptops and/or is it possible that the widescreen laptop (borrowed) had 
> some configuration issues which only seemed to impact IE?  The browser 
> (IE) properties were pretty vanilla).  What I want to avoid is 
> purchasing a monitor to visualize a problem that isn't really a monitor 
> issue.  -Bob

Sounds more like a DPI setting problem on that computer than an issue
with the monitor (I run at 2560x960 and everything looks just like on
my laptop at 1024x768).

I don't know much about IE, but I think there's automatic "scaling"
with IE.  Maybe that's the problem.  Quick google:


Maybe the page you were looking at was using both pixels and em's or
percents and assuming the display would be 96dpi.

Bill Moseley
moseley at hank.org

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