Technical Standards

Classification / Screen Resolutions / Column Widths

Remarkable points concerning the alignment of sites.

  • For many users website leave a lot of white space on the right side of the site;
  • If you scroll all the way down on the sites and in the portals you will find a large navigation overview, which we refer to as the footer navigation;
  • The centre column of the existing websites and portals is relatively narrow when compared with the overall space in the browsers.

Why so much white space, footer navigation and a narrow centre column?

The websites and portals of the University of Twente are structured such that a maximum number of users or visitors can view our pages in an enjoyable manner.
In the past, traditional PC's and Mac's were often used to surf with a screen resolution of 800 x 600 pixels and later mainly at 1024 x 768 pixels.

Modern PC's, Macs, laptops, notebooks and netbooks increasingly often allow users to surf at higher resolutions. Many users make grateful use of this possibility. That is why we have enlarged the new website with a width of 1280 pixels.

However, we have agreed that the website and portals of the UT must be accessible for at least 99% of the end users, which means that the layout and alignment have been chosen such the website works in a responsive manner, i.e. the sits can be scaled to remain readable on smaller screens such as tablets and smart phones. We therefore also offer a version with 960 pixels and a 320 pixel width version in addition to a 1280 pixel version. Intermediate resolutions are still being developed for the purpose of optimising them. This applies for all websites that have been developed since 2013 and in due time it will be implemented for all websites managed by Marketing & Communication.

In order to be able to maintain this guarantee, we regularly check the W3 Schools, an online reference in which the status as regards browser use and screen resolutions (Display Statistics) is recorded each month.

The overview of the Display Statistics can be found at : http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_display.asp

The narrow centre column in the existing websites and portals and the 4-column (!) layout of the website increase the readability of the screen. You can compare this to reading a newspaper. The text becomes unreadable if the lines run on for the entire width of the newspaper.

In this connection, the footer navigation is intended for users who surf at a lower resolution. The footer navigation ensures here that the user does not have to scroll back to the top of the page in the case of long pages (more than 1.5 times the height of the screen) in order to navigate. The was resolved "in the past" by including "back to the top" buttons in the page. We resolved this with footer navigation.