Statcounter surveys screen resolutions http://gs.statcounter.com/#resolution-na-monthly-201312-201412-bar Their methodology seems fairly sound, subject to bias of their member sites, which have not been characterized in detail. (If they were tech-oriented, the data might be slanted.) "Our tracking code is installed on more than 3 million sites globally. These sites cover various activities and geographic locations." These stats are for North America, Dec 2013 to 2014: 1024 x 768 is represented twice, by 1024 x 768 and 768 x 1024, for a total of about 16%. Same parameters for Europe, showing 1024 x 768 usage of about 12%:
How the heck would I know I'm seeing the mobile view when you're field testing a beta, Charles? For all I know, this is the new universal view. Or maybe it's buggy. Aside from that, I'd like to discuss the navigation in the mobile view. Ironically, my resolutions limitations allow me to check that out, too.
According to the introduction on the page to which you referred, http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_Display.asp: "W3Schools.com is for people with an interest for web technologies. This fact indicates that the numbers below might not be 100% true for the average internet users. The average internet-user might have a lower screen resolution." Visitors to W3Schools.com are probably tech professionals, tech students, or tech hobbyists. Believe it or not, these do not constitute a majority of the population in any part of the world except Silicon Valley. This is yet another case of tech looking at its own belly button and seeing worlds therein. I don't think that's so, Charles. The smaller desktop monitors are still widely available, from major manufacturers. I doubt that I am way outside the norm. I gather IPS hasn't done user testing among a random population of users who are not employed in software development or habitues of IPS support forums? That would be a better way to identify the norm. Yes, my site's visitors are a general population, some using quite old equipment (and some on mobile). (Macs can last a long time ) I fully expect a large number of my users would have difficulty with the resolution requirements of IPB 4.0. Personally, I don't intend to replace my monitor until it croaks. Reduce, reuse, recycle. Pretty soon this will make sense to everyone. I think we all need to accommodate mobile users as well as desktop users. To me, this indicates an admin option to have two skins, as we have now, or the adaptive option.
I am finding I need to maximize my window to get the desktop view. Even slightly minimized, I get the mobile view. Having a rigid maximized window open is not the way I work, I generally have a dozen or so of various sizes open at once. I've got a 17" monitor, don't tell me the responsive version of IPBoard doesn't allow for this. I surf all over the Web and don't run into getting stuck in mobile view.