When you are designer – creating sites that are “cross-browser” and (mostly) “cross-resolution” compatible is extremely important. There are four browsers that I check for compatibility: Internet Explorer (6+), Firefox, Safari (running on Mac) and, for fun, Google Chrome (in most cases Chrome = Firefox).
Most of my designs require 800px width or above resolution. I feel that using 800 x 600 is a fair ‘start’ because hey, my mom still uses 800 x 600. 99% of my designs are scalable and will look good from 800px on up. I’ve been trying to not use “fixed” width’s either (as of … like, this past month or so) because I know there is a WIDE range of resolutions out there.
That said – must I really worry about a design breaking if someone is running Safari (Mac) and resizes the screen to less than 800px wide? Really? I want to shake this client and say “HELLO!? Of COURSE the layout is going to break!! No website now is viewable in less than an 800 x 600 resolution! Quit resizing so damn much!”
So … yeah … Guess I have to ‘tweak’ their template a little ….. freaking idiots.