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RE: pt vs px for font sizes.

From: Steve Vosloo <stevenvosloo@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2002 15:38:20 +0200
To: "'W3C-WAI-IG List'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000001c258cf$53fa43a0$130310ac@theijunction.icelogic.co.za>

EM or % is the way to go.

A warning though -- I had a weird situation where I used both of these
and when I applied it to text in a nested table the value doubled.
Example, some text that was set to 80% of normal size (through CSS)
suddenly became half as small when inside the nested table.

But perhaps it was just me!

Steve



> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org 
> [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Charles McCathieNevile
> Sent: 10 September 2002 02:11 PM
> To: Shashank Tripathi
> Cc: 'W3C-WAI-IG List'; 'Jon Hanna'
> Subject: RE: pt vs px for font sizes.
> 
> 
> 
> On Tue, 10 Sep 2002, Shashank Tripathi wrote:
> 
> 
> >You could consider using percentages. E.g.,
> 
> Yep.
> 
> Below, I meant "normal text" - the general stuff that makes 
> up a page, which would be read through. I agree that 
> highlighting particular things is valuable, and small print 
> is so-called because people are used to the (in
> theory) administrative detail they don't need to read being smaller.
> 
> But a lot of sites use something like small, or 70%, as a 
> default size for ordinary paragraph text. So I have to 
> increase it again so I can read it.
> 
> Cheers
> 
> Chaals
> 
> >    | Oh, and please don't make normal text bigger or smaller
> >    | than the user's default. Although some people can't
> >    | change their default size, it is frustrating for people
> >    | who have set a size that they need.)
> >
> >
> >I am not sure if I would completely agree with this stance though. 
> >Sizing text to convey certain meanings or to control prominence is a 
> >necessary part of presentation and font-sizes play an 
> important role in 
> >achieving that goal. For e.g., in a message board on a website, the 
> >text that people post could be normal sized but the time of 
> posting or 
> >the number of posts by a certain individual (which are not 
> an equally 
> >significant part of the overall information) could be a relatively 
> >smaller size.
> >
> >While it is frustrating for people to see fonts that are 
> incongruent to 
> >their 'ordinary' sizes, it is equally if not more 
> frustrating to scour 
> >for relevant info from a page that contains all the text in one 
> >same-sized blob. I would rather see the usual, focal topic of the 
> >interface in a 'normal' font, but would prefer all the 
> ancillary info 
> >to be slightly smaller...not to mention that certain sections can be 
> >highlighted for prominence (e.g., section titles).
> >
> >One could say "Use the standard H2 for the titles" -- but 
> perhaps this 
> >is a subjective issue where the designer's judgment comes 
> into play and 
> >one may decide that 18px of Arial looks better than whatever 
> "default" 
> >H2 the user has on his/her machine (e.g., an 18px Verdana).
> >
> >Shanx
> >
> >
> >Shashank Tripathi
> >www.shanx.com
> >
> >
> 
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