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RE: Font sizes

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2001 04:24:39 -0400 (EDT)
To: Jamie Mackay <Jamie.Mackay@mch.govt.nz>
cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0108290421050.28466-100000@tux.w3.org>
I think we are getting away from the start of the discussion here.

The question was what font should be used in general, and the common thread
of the answer is that in general it is helpful to let the user decide what
font they like n their system and keep it, since readability of fonts is
partially determined by technology but substantially (I claimed) determined
by what people are used to.

By all means use style effects that help clarify the information structure -
this is why CSS was produced. The point is that assuming one kind of font or
other suits all users is a fallacy - so as you point out, follow
accessibiltiy guidelines for them. If people want bland uniformity they can
use Lynxand PINE (as I am right now) but providing content that transforms
gracefully to a more visual metaphor is helpful.


Charles McCN

On Tue, 28 Aug 2001, Jamie Mackay wrote:

  'I agree
  with the others...use default and let the users system choose the font'

  While I am all for creating accessible websites, I hear the sound of
  baby's going down the gurgler on this one.

  I think the ability to use different fonts is an important aesthetic
  consideration in the way I design webpages - though of course these
  should always be set as font-families with the default sans-serif as an

  As long as fonts are defined using CSS and sizes are defined at a
  reasonable size by ems or percentages I can't see any reason to discard
  them for the rather bland uniformaty of default fonts for everyone.

  Jamie Mackay

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