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Jul 11, 2006, 08:59 AM
 
Hey guys I did a search but turned up nothing. I know somewhere we talked about pages that were expandable to the users resolution. I was wondering if you guys knew how to do that or if you could provide a link to a tutorial. I did a google search but most them were trying to sale something to do with css or they were css generators.

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Jul 11, 2006, 05:42 PM
 
you can set your css elements sizes to the em unit, which is based on the current set font size. If a user scales their font, the elements scale as well.
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Jul 14, 2006, 03:12 PM
 
Well, by default pages do expand to the users resolution. Pages only don't do it when they're made "fixed width", but you have to go out of your way to achieve that by explicitly setting a width.
     
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Jul 15, 2006, 11:29 AM
 
Originally Posted by iranfromthezoo
Hey guys I did a search but turned up nothing. I know somewhere we talked about pages that were expandable to the users resolution. I was wondering if you guys knew how to do that or if you could provide a link to a tutorial. I did a google search but most them were trying to sale something to do with css or they were css generators.
For your whole site to behave how I think you want, define everything in em units instead of px or pt. Not just text, but image widths too.
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Jul 17, 2006, 08:39 AM
 
What do you mean by "expandable"? Are you talking about pages where the user can resize the text freely? Any page can do that on most browsers (though sadly, not IE). For IE, you just have to be careful to never define your font sizes in px or any other "absolute" size; only use em, ex, and %.

Or are you talking about pages where parts of the layout (the main column of content, for example) expand to fit the user's window? In this case, the trick is to never define the width of the areas you want to be expandable: you can use margins and padding, and even min-width and max-width (though these two don't work right on IE), but don't use width.
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