Designing Tablet PC Websites
By Chris De Herrera
Here are my
thoughts on what to consider when designing a website for Tablet PCs:
If you make your
website to work well at 800 x 600, Tablet PC users in Portrait mode
will see scroll bars. Almost all Tablet PCs are using 1024 x 768.
So when users are using their Tablet PC in Portrait mode, the width
of the screen in Internet Explorer supports images of up to 725
ClearType hinting. Example fonts that look good with
ClearType include Tahoma, Verdana, Arial, Comic Sans MS, and Times
Roman. ClearType allows readers to view smaller fonts more clearly.
Microsoft's list of
fonts for Windows XP.
supporting ink based functions like
which allows users to use ink in e-mail. Also you may want to
review Casey Chesnut's article
TabletInk on using Ink with Internet Explorer.
Consider how you
design your website into columns. Keep in mind that users may
prefer to press their hand on the screen while scrolling and whether
or not they can read your content. To run the website you'll ideally
need a web
size of the images and text that users can click on for hyperlinks.
Some users may have difficulty clicking on small images due to the
use of a stylus.
If you have
additional ideas on what Webmasters should configure on their Tablet PC
Websites, feel free to e-mail me at
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