Pixel-Perfect Design

“Pixel-perfect” refers to creating a web page that appears exactly as the designer intends. Most web programmers will tell you that it can’t be done; the medium has its limitations, font choices are limited, browsers render pages in drastically different ways.

True, there are limitations to what can be expected of a web page design, but there are often alternatives and methods that can be used to get the finished result as close as possible to the intended design, pixel by pixel.

Whatever limitations may corrupt the medium, make certain that those limitations are not coming from your choice of website generator. If you are stuck with the code that a web authoring program gives you, you may find yourself saddled with unnecessary limitations. Writing code from the source, as we do at Berto’s Web, can help you get around these limits.

Font limitations are a product of the collective ownership of font libraries on your audience’s computer. There are only a handful of fonts that can be guaranteed available to the majority of computers connected to the internet, and most of these are installed with the computer’s system software. Online font surveys such as this one from codestyle.org can give you an idea of what to expect from most users’ machines.

Currently efforts are underway to utilize web fonts, a way of using CSS and web programming to embed custom fonts into web pages. It’s an exciting development, and could change the way sites appear across the web in the near future.

Browsers do indeed render pages in different ways. One should never attempt to program a web site without access to multiple browsers and platforms on which to check the work. The way Mozilla on a Mac, or Explorer on a PC, for instance, will render a web site, can differ dramatically, but there are methods for getting the desired result in any environment.

Berto’s Web can help you with the finer points of creating designs and engineering them to work on multiple browsers and environments. We know the ins and outs of font usage, and the importance of designs that are driven by your desired impression, not limited by restrictive technologies. Contact us for more information.

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