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Re: font-size: 100%;

  • Subject: Re: font-size: 100%;
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2005 09:07:05 +0000
  • Newsgroups: alt.html
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University
  • References: <BF8C1B95.19A3E%dorayme@optusnet.com.au>
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__/ [dorayme] on Monday 31 October 2005 09:05 \__

> I was showing a customer a website (not his) I am reworking. He
> was one who made a bit of a fuss over the font-size I used on
> /his/ site a while back (he complained, diplomatically, that his
> site looked "non-standard" in terms of the size of the text.
> Still, after he listened to various speeches and intimidation by
> me, he thought he "would like it a bit smaller"! I reduced it -
> from the former generally 100% - and he was as happy as a koala
> on a newly sprouting gum). Well, I have been working on him a
> while and he finally said about this (not his) site: "I must
> say, it is easy to read! Comfortable from even a metre away, and
> it is all there..." (he meant by the latter, certainly no side
> scrolling needed and on the screen we were looking at, no any
> scrolling except maybe a footer...)

The real test should involve the elderly sitting right in front of a 15"
monitor. If they squint, the font must be too small. If not, then only the
visually-impaired will suffer while voice and zooming can make up for that.

> This idea was something I have been reinforced in from the sound
> advice one hears in alt.html. I am saying a couple of things
> here: one, maybe many of you should take a bow. And two, it is
> sometimes hard to see good quality for its worth when it is
> unusual - take a look at sites at random and see how many
> actually try to dictate smaller than default...

I am guilty of doing that. 80% for font-size is quite common, but I heard
some arguments over that value as somewhat of a norm.

> And now, I am going to seek surgery on this lump in my throat,
> have a good cry and maybe a chuck in the corner...

...good luck with /allll/ that...


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