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    I'm developing a site targeted towards people who likely have a decent amount of computer experience. Is it reasonable to expect them to have a 1,024 x 768 minimum resolution, or should I still assume 800 x 600?

    Given the site involves phototography, I could make it way better with a higher canvas.
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    If they have computer experience I'd say they'd be at 1024*768 at least.

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    Agreed! Experienced computer users, in my experience, tend to work at above 1024 x 768.
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    Also, basically every computer you go and buy new from PC World or the like have monitors that are automatically on 1024 x 768, and most people either don't know how to, or can't be bothered to change it.

    So yeah, I'd assume that most people use 1024 x 768!
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    Well I think any assumption you make could be a very dangerous one. Though most people work at 1024 x 768 atleast you could create one for 800 x 600 and then another version for 1024 x 768 and higher. Just be careful web design is a dangerous place to assume anything.
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    I would base the decision on the age of your target audience as well as their level of IT knowledge. I don't think I know anybody under 40 who uses less that 1024 (that's not to say that everyone over 40 does).

    I've just gone through a similar decision process with an intranet site here and of the 150 or so people who will use it only one person used a resolution below 1024.

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    Even so you can't assume anything about some one else's computer.
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    Can't assume 100%, but you can make a pretty good guess. If you go by majority, it's quite a vast majority that now use 1024 x 768, and so, via an educated guess, you CAN assume that a certain person's computer may have a set resolution.

    You can never be 100% on anything in life, but you can make good guesses, and it's mainly about catering for the majority.
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    This completely depends on the market,
    Is the site going to involve money? (maybe a paid stock photography site)
    How more money it involves, how more percentage of 1024x768 or higher users there will be.
    I also want to get rid of this useless 800x600 optimized pages, but I'm willing to wait a couple of months first.

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    I find resolution to be based upon 3 factors:
    1. Age - older people tend to like lower resolutions so the text is bigger
    2. Experience - inexperienced users seem to like bigger resolutions because the screen looks less complicated
    3. Wealth - people in poorer countries still don't have the technology to support higher resolutions, unless they need it for their job


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