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Specifiying font sizes with FONT, an accessibility issue?

From: Wendy A Chisholm <wendy@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 07 Jul 2000 00:23:04 -0400
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I stumbled onto a page today on which I could not change the font size in 
IE5.   I haven't played with font sizes in a while. I created a test file 
[1] that uses 5 methods to size text.

 From my recollection, when we were originally testing the FONT element (a 
few years back) a user could not increase the font size.  Therefore, it 
became an accessibility issue.  However, since the valid HTML values of the 
FONT element's "size" attribute are only proportional (either 1-7 or 
relative using +/- an integer) they actually resize well (at least in IE5 
and Netscape 4.7 for windows).

Do people have older browsers that they can run these tests on?

I'll be interested in feedback.  I wish we had kept better track of this a 
few years ago...better late than never I suppose.


[1] http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/tests/font-sizes.html

wendy a chisholm
world wide web consortium
web accessibility initiative
madison, wi usa
tel: +1 608 663 6346
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