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Monitor why are some flat screens full size and others aren't? having a 12" viewing area on a 17" flat screen is false advertising. right?

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Monitor sizes are measured on the diagonal from corner to corner.

A 17" LCD may have a screen width of 12 inches measured from side to side.

If you are measuring a old style CRT monitor (Cathode Ray tube) the visible screen area will be about an inch less as there is about 1/2 inch of plastic frame holding the CRT in the chassis. The manufacturer can advertise the actual size of the screen regardless of how much is actually visible to display information.

If you are talking about software not utilizing all the available screen area to display the image, that is an issue with the people writing the software code not keeping up with the changes in hardware.

In the past year or two, most displays have switched to the 16:9 and 16:10 wide aspect ratios while most web content is still written for the 4:3 old style aspect ratio. Eventually, software developers will catch up with cusrrent hardware.

Posted on Jul 26, 2008

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    Oh yeah, what do some show more area and others don't? LCD screens are hard wired for the aspect ratio they are designed to show.

    There are lower resolution LCDs WXGA for example is 1280 x 800 pixels and will show a larger image across the screen

    The higher the resolution, the closer the pixels and the smaller the icon and the narrower the web page will display. On a high resolution WUXGA LCD 1920 x 1200 pixel LCD, a standard web page will use less than half the screen width is the page is designed for 800 x 600 pixels.



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