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Re: percent font size

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2003 21:04:59 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200304012004.h31K4xl01453@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

> my favoured font size and background set there), overriding the web 
> site designer's settings.  Which browsers do not allow this type of 
> configuration?

There are two problems here.  Firstly remarkably few people ever explore
the options available.  Secondly you generally have to set it for all
pages; some pages are so badly designed that they overwrite themselves
(visually) if you don't accept their font sizes, and some may use relative
font sizes effectively to aid usability.  Nevertheless, I gave up on
what Nielsen calls the "tyranny of tiny text" several months ago, and
have this option permanently set on the GUI browsers that I use.

Nielsen's www.useit.com web site has a good "alert box" article on this
from last Autumn, although he seems to have been unaware of the master
switch in IE to turn off all author sizes.  (I'm not online to get
the URL just now.)
Received on Tuesday, 1 April 2003 16:40:25 UTC

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