Ding Dong, The Width Is Dead! Which Old Width? The Wicked Width!

Jeff Harrell notes the official passing of a long-held web design “rule”: the 800 pixel max width constraint. Web designers have had it drilled into their brains for years that any design operating at wider than 800px is simply asking for horizontal window sliders and endless user frustrations. Now that CNN.com has breached that “rule” and gone to a 1000 pixel fixed-width design, we mere mortals may safely begin to expand our designs out from a paltry 800 (well, 790, really) pixels.