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RE: Relative Font Size

From: ED <Julian.Scarlett@sheffield.gov.uk>
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2003 14:33:03 +0100
Message-ID: <F9BE3B1AB649D311A573009027852E4D02879927@EDUC_MXS>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org


I don't have that book; could you elaborate on your/it's argument? I don't accept that a term's length of usage or perceived professionalism is reason for using it. Pixel is a professional term in web typography but we don't want that used for font sizes do we? 

Again I would say that since em and % produce the same result in terms of accessibility then there is no reason to use one over the other. Unless you have another (better) argument.

Please don't think that I'm being pedantic; it's just that your argument doesn't make sense and since you stated categorically that using em is 'best practice' I feel you should qualify it.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jesper Tverskov [mailto:jesper.tverskov@mail.tele.dk]
> Sent: Wednesday, June 18, 2003 2:11 PM
> To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> Subject: RE: Relative Font Size
> Jesper wrote wrote:
> > Em is Best Practice for relative font-size but % works the 
> same. I always use em.
> Julian asked:
> > Why? If they both work the same and are both relative units 
> why is em better practice than %?
> The em unit has a long tradition in typography and is the 
> professionel term also in web design. "%" is more the 
> expression of the people.
> See: "The amazing em unit and other best practices", in:
> Cascading Style Sheets
> Designing for the web,
> 2. edition, 1999
> ISBN 0-201-59625-3
> by HÃ¥kon Wium Lie and Bert Bos
> Best regards,
> Jesper
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