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RE: magnifiers vs relative font-sizes

From: Slaydon, Eugenia <ESlaydon@beacontec.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Jul 2002 11:22:33 -0400
Message-ID: <D47827B1DE559D458AB76C6E6EADFC669CD682@tortugas.beacontec.com>
To: "'jonathan chetwynd'" <j.chetwynd@btinternet.com>, w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
I still have a problem with pushing for relative font-sizes in CSS because
it is destroyed in Netscape. Saying that you must use relative font sizes
instead of absolute for accessibility is the same as saying you aren't
allowed to use a Netscape 4.x browser. 

-----Original Message-----
From: jonathan chetwynd [mailto:j.chetwynd@btinternet.com]
Sent: Friday, July 12, 2002 10:23 AM
To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Subject: magnifiers vs relative font-sizes

Does anyone have strong reasons for preferring relative font-sizes to a
screen maginifier?
if so what are they?
For magnifiers:

There is a serious conflict between the necessity of
keeping everything on one page, and allowing users to control font size.

for people with severe learning difficulties, this is particularly acute.
magnifiers, allow one to gain a feel for the whole document, whilst
enlarging a part.
setting the font size to large makes the document larger than the screen,
one looses the ability to percieve the whole.
further, a great number of people don't appreciate that there is more than
one can see.

from an offline discussion with Boris Zbarsky, following from a recent brief
thread at www-style: 

scale: font-size to % of client window?




jonathan chetwynd
Received on Friday, 12 July 2002 11:10:19 UTC

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