Modern Assumptions Regarding Screen Sizes in Adaptive or Responsive Design

It's official: big screens are the norm. While its true that many users still have 1024-pixel displays on desktop machines, it's also likely that they are still using a four-by-three (4:3) aspect ratio, with a vertical dimension of 768 pixels. It seems that many newer sites, especially those that are engineered to be responsive (those that interrogate the media query, etc) are allowing these users to drop off the "full layout" into an alternate design.

I think there are a number of contributing factors leading to this trend, including:


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