All,

With the recent focus on using CSS for positioning, I
have noticed more and more sites falling back into a
set screen width, usually the common denominator of
accommodating 800 x 600. Yet, computer manufacturers
are pushing new "media" machines, with a common width
of 1280. On these machines, non-fluid sites are
displaying huge open spaces while still forcing the
user into a long vertical scroll. This strikes me as
unnecessarily hiding information below the fold and
not very usable.

In recent years, I have proceeded with designing fluid
sites as a given requirement. Do you all feel that
sites *should* be fluid and expand with the browser
window? Or, do you feel this is not important enough
to warrant the extra effort? Does it make a difference
for the user?

Regards,
Jim Griesemer
http://www.jrgdesignworks.com/ 

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