With new, high resolution monitors and laptops popping up all over the place I'm starting to wonder whether I should be making the desktop only design elements of my websites suitable for high pixel density displays. I haven't been able to find any solid stats on recent desktop resolution and would love input on the subject.

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I do web development, and I've recently switched to exclusively SVG for icons. Slightly fiddley to get set up but it works on all resolutions back to IE9. Much easier than handling 2+ resolution images. If a client wants to support IE8 I add the standard sprited graphics.

  • Icons are generally well-suited to vector formats like SVG; I recommend using SVG by default and only using a bitmap image when you have specific reasons for doing so. This applies to all digital mediums, not just web browsers. Jun 2, 2014 at 3:33

i recently took up a project and based my resolution decision on the table W3Schools provided: http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_display.asp

statcounter might be able to help guide your decisions as well: http://gs.statcounter.com/

also see this question for more: When did 1024x768 become the standard desktop screen resolution?

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    I would not refer to W3schools as "W3". It creates confusion with the authoritative World Wide Web Consortium (W3C at www.w3.org). May 31, 2014 at 16:53
  • Confusion which may be deliberate on W3School's part - through deliberate action or inaction. (More on that at w3fools) Jun 1, 2014 at 10:03

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