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    I have often seen topics here there and everywhere about, how one should design for "at least" this or that "screen resolution". I have also seen posts everywhere about how one should design for "at least" this browser version or the other.

    My Question, What is the minimum internet speed people should be designing for? Do we still care about people with a 56K modem? Just wondering......
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    I think it really depends on your target audience. If you're designing for Grandma, you might want to keep it light, because you may see a higher percentage of dial-up. Or, at the very least you may see a lot more very low-end "broadband" connections. I generally make sure my designs load reasonably over an Edge network connection on my phone (turn off 3G and load the page).
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    To some extent, this depends on the geographic area of your target audience. Audiences in rural or semi-rural areas are more inclined to use dialup and/or cell phone connections. Audiences in more urban areas have a greater tendency to use broadband connections (usually 1 Mbps or higher).

    I still try to design for 56 Kbps whenever I can, depending on circumstances. At least then, a greater percentage of the market can enjoy the site.
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    Especially when I design for the horsey crowd, I have to assume they are rural and so on a 56K at best. Few of them have the budget for a cell connection at Canadian cell prices. This can present quite challenge, as they tend to want sites with lots of image content (photos of horse shows, horses for sale, etc.)

    I do know that their target market are folks who are fairly affluent, and don't necessarily live near where they keep their horses, so they may have DSL or cable hookups. But if the client can't load the site in a reasonable amount of time, there's no sale.
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    I know how painful dial-up is, because I had it a few years back.

    Even the 768Kbps DSL I bought afterward, (which was only $5 more per month) felt so fast...Now I've got the 6Mbps DSL and I'm decently happy (I'm looking forward to moving so I will change to a $30/month 12Mbps plan :P )...

    Anyway, so few people have dial up nowadays I wouldn't about it so much.

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    I still use a dialup for testing purposes... as well as an edge data connection through my phone tethered to the PC.

    This is another good reason to design using as much CSS for your design elements as possible... and stay away from tables as much as possible... especially not for "layout purposes"...

    Tables ( even when they validate )... have a particular nasty trait that even new browsers can't or won't compensate for.... when a browser ( all browsers from the looks of it ) comes across a table... it has to have the entire contents of the table in memory, before the browser can render it on the screen... thus it you use a whole big table to hold your page layout... the entire contents of the page has to load into memory BEFORE the browser will show you anything.

    If you use CSS, the css is loaded into memory... and as each element is loaded into memory... the browser starts displaying... calls for external data should be kept to a minimum or at least placed below some content that will show to the visitor while the other is loading...

    My suggestion with designing for anything these days is to keep in mind that there is a new (slow)... cell phones on edge and depending on where they are... could be less than 56K... but they ( the user ) doesn't keep that in mind... they just think they are visiting a poorly designed site...

    with a proper mobile CSS file... you can drop elements... or at least tweak them so the page will load faster than a dialup with a full browser...

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    Good points.


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