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Liquid versus fixed layouts design
There is a continuous debate on whether the web designers are to use fixed width or go
for liquid layout designs. To the users or readers it is hardly a concern whether the web
designer has used liquid width layout or fixed width layout. What actually matters to the
readers is whether the site is user friendly and whether it is catering the relevant
information they are looking for.
A fixed width layout is that web design when the web content including both textual and
non-textual ones does not alter themselves even with change of browsers. But in case of
liquid width layouts, the content on the web page flows to adjust itself to fit the window
irrespective of the size of the browser window.
But the debate goes on. Now let us find out some basic characteristics that denote some
benefits as well as drawbacks of using fixed width layout and liquid layout, used for web
There are a number of benefits of using liquid width layouts. Some are discussed here:
Liquid width layout designs can be expanded and contracted as required to fill up
the available space on the web pages.
Due to this above mentioned benefits, a web designer can manipulate the content
of a web page. The content can be so manipulated so that it suits display on larger
monitor as well as viewable on smaller screens.
The web pages designed in liquid width respond dynamically to different
restrictions or any specifications that are entailed by clients. Pages designed with
this layout offer consistency in relative widths.
Besides certain benefits of using liquid width layout, there are some drawbacks of using
it. Here are some of them:
• Liquid width layouts at times cause problems when dealing with elements that are
associated with fixed width. If there is a problem, then all the elements displayed
on the web page may not be in correct order.
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