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RE: Font sizes

From: Graham Oliver <graham_oliver@yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2001 22:09:56 +0100 (BST)
Message-ID: <20010829210956.79517.qmail@web10007.mail.yahoo.com>
To: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>, Jamie Mackay <Jamie.Mackay@mch.govt.nz>
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Hi Charles
This conversation however gets to the heart of a very
important issue for me.
We need (I believe) to let the 'designers design' as
much as we possibly can.
That way we can work with them towards accessibility
for everyone rather than appear to be hindering them
in some way.
I am not going to go into a web developer shop and
tell the developers that they shouldn't choose the
fonts that they (or more importantly their clients)
Sure, I will let them know all the issues about
accessibility of fonts and font sizes but that is not
the same as saying they can't make informed decisions.

There are many important issues to get across and
(IMHO) the more I can let the 'designers design'  the
easier it is for me to get the accessibility message

As an aside isn't this one of the reasons for 'User
Style Sheets'? 
That is, if the user doesn't like what the designer
has chosen from a group of fonts, the user can
override them?

Graham Oliver

 --- Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org> wrote: >
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.
> cheers
> Charles McCN
> On Tue, 28 Aug 2001, Jamie Mackay wrote:
>   <snip>
>   'I agree
>   with the others...use default and let the users
> system choose the font'
>   </snip>
>   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
>   option.
>   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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