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GUI Design: Minimum Width

Wrap items when there is not enough space Ignore the need to wrap Web GUIs have a lot of freedom when it comes to design and layout. Unfortunately all those options can easily and quickly lead to poor decisions for the user. One of those layout decisions is the GUI’s minimum width. By “minimum width” I am referring to how wide the browser window must be in order to see all of the important functionality at the top of the screen at one time. It is presumptuous and short-sighted to act as though yours is the only window the user will want to see at any given time. For many users, larger screen size and screen resolution are met with gratitude for the ability to display more than one window at at time, not necessarily … Read entire article »

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