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RE: Input Text Boxes and Font Enlargement

From: Jon Hanna <jon@spinsol.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 11:40:04 +0100
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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> When I increase the font size (using functionality
> built into the browser) on either Opera 5.02 or IE 5.5
> the text in a Text Box created with the INPUT tag
> doesn't enlarge.
> However, it does enlarge with Navigator 4.7
> 
> Is there any way to get Opera and IE to behave like
> Navigator in this respect?

A lot of this goes down to the fact that the rendering of <input>
elements is supposed to be dependent on the OS, and should be the
same as the equivalent standard OS textbox control.
This led to some debate as to how much influence features that affect
the appearance of elements on a web page (CSS and the deprecated
elements and attributes) should affect the appearance of these
controls, and to how much they should be dependent on the settings of
the OS. Indeed the recommended practices for a given OS may differ in
a few ways from the recommended practices for the web.

NS took the view that the two ways it had of controlling the font of
an element (this was before CSS), i.e. the <font> element and the
font settings the user sets, should affect the appearance of the
control. Other browsers took the view that these controls where the
responsibility of the OS and that it had the prerogative in deciding
how to render them.

IE4+ kept the previous practice of not allowing <font> or
user-defined font settings to affect the rendering of <input> because
that would make it more compatible with IE3, but allows CSS to affect
<input> elements if the style is explicitly set for them (i.e. the
style will not inherit from the element it is in). As such you should
be able to set a user style-sheet which affects their appearance, but
with all the caveats and problems we've recently discussed.

I don't know about Opera in this regard I'm afraid (or much about
platforms other than Win32).

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