Google Introduces Browser Size to Understand and Improve Content Placement
By on December 16th, 2009

Google has been introducing several tools to help webmasters out like the speed test for checking your website load time. They have now released a new Google Labs project called Browser Size which will allow you to view your site in different screen resolutions.

To help you understand how everyone sees your website, we created a tool called Browser Size in our 20% time. Browser Size is based on a sample of data from visitors to google.com. Special code collects data on the height and width of the browser for a sample of users. For a given point in the browser, the tool will tell you what percentage of users can see it. For example, if an important button is in the 80% region it means that 20% of users have to scroll in order to see it. If you’re a web designer, you can use Browser Size to redesign your page to minimize scrolling and make sure that the important parts of the page are always prominent to your audience. We hope people will use this tool to make their websites better, in turn making the web better for everyone.

Browser Size allows users to view their websites behind a ruler which shows different percentage areas. According to the data collected by Google, the content appearing with the 80% area is more visible to the users and may lead to more actions from the users.

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The tool definitely looks interesting and come in handy to webmasters to decide on placement of important content and links on their websites.

For more info on the Browser Size project visit the Official Google post and the Google Code post on Browser Size.

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