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Maybe this is a stupid question but I wonder if it changed.

Websites used to be 960px wide so all screen resolution could easily see all the content.

But with the new 'responsive-design' and html5 this isn't really nessesary, because people use responsive design for showing on mobile phones and tablets.

So my question:

What's the best width for a responsive-design on desktop?

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Available screen estate is not the best measure for content width. Readable line-length is. And by readable line-length, I mean the length of a line that readers can still comfortably keep their position in the line and in the paragraph. You won't see any newspapers with paragraphs spanning the entire width of the page... –  Marjan Venema Jul 28 '13 at 8:28
"What's the best width for a responsive-design on desktop?" = the preferred width of the end-user. –  DA01 Jul 29 '13 at 2:27
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Ultimately, the optimum width and breakpoints for a website depends on the content that it displays.

That said, the great part about responsive design is that you can cater towards not only smaller screens, but larger displays as well. You can use a 960 breakpoint, but you can also use 1200, 1400, etc.

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ah yeah, the most responsive sites I come across are around 1100px wide. so I will stick with that. I wasn't sure about it. Thanks :) –  Kees Sonnema Jul 27 '13 at 20:19
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According to my knowledge, the responsive designed websites generally don't need any specific width/resloution, since the websites adjust properly automatically on tablets/phones and on desktop as well.

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