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swap the CSS fille based on screen size by BlindPete
Posted: 3 Dec 03

I wrote an application and developed it assuming that 1024 screen width was common as it turns out my customer used a mix  of resolutions. If I had thought about it makes perfect sence. This ugly fact reared its head when I demonstrated an Alpha version of their application and the infocus projector only had 800x600 screen resolution and 20% of my app was off the screen! and my face was VERY red.  

So bad on me, a hard lesson learned and here was the fix.

<link href="manager.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css">
<script type="text/javascript">
  if (screen.width < 1024)
    link = document.getElementsByTagName( "link" )[ 0 ];
    link.href = "manager800.css";

this sample assumes a screen width 1024.  If it is lower then 1024 it loads a stlye sheet designed for a width of 800.

I make heavy use of CSS for layouts and avoid use percentage layouts if text wrapping is going to be a problem.  Rather then switch my design to lowest resolution I decided to extend it to three different screen widths: 800, 1024, 1280+.  This allowed me to adjust the layout and font selection for different screen sizes and switch the CSS files dynamically on the fly.  

Anyhow I hope this helps you and spares you my pain.  Thanks to Tek-tips in helping me resolve this quickly.

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