Saturday, December 16, 2006

Maximum width of images, scrollbox, etc that should be put in the main column of Thur's 3 column template

For those using Thur's 3 column Minima template with width modified as described in this post Blogger template tutorial: 3 column template (close new window/tab to return to this page) with the sidebars reduced from 220px to 160px. The main column remain fluid and adjust to the screen resolution of the visitors. If you post photos, scrollboxes, etc., it may appear OK in the larger screen resolution, but for those using 800x600 screen resolution, if the photo or scrollbox is too wide, it may cause the content to be pushed to the bottom of the page.

I did a test to see what is the maximum width of a scrollbox that can be posted so that will not be pushed to the bottom of the page, and it turns out that the maximum width of the scrollbox I can post so that the box will not be pushed to the bottom of the page in 800x600 screen resolution is 340px. Go to this post for example, Testing maximum width of main column in IE at 800x600 screen resolution using Thur's modified 3 column template (close new window/tab to return to this page) and typing or copy-pasting "javascript:top.resizeTo(800,600)" (minus the quotation marks) into the address bar and press the Enter key. The scroll box whould remain where should be.

Try doing the same thing at this post Width of scrollbox set at 345px using Thur's modified 3 column template (close new window/tab to return to this page) where the width of the scrollbox had been set to 345px. Notice that now, the box is pushed to the bottom of the page when the screen resolution is set to 800x600px.

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