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RE: Relative Font Size

From: ED <Julian.Scarlett@sheffield.gov.uk>
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2003 08:21:41 +0100
Message-ID: <F9BE3B1AB649D311A573009027852E4D02879929@EDUC_MXS>
To: 'John Foliot - WATS.ca' <foliot@wats.ca>, Scarlett Julian (ED) <Julian.Scarlett@sheffield.gov.uk>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

John

LOL... humble or otherwise I like _that_ argument. Practicality and consistency in presentation matters is probably not going to hurt a site's accessibility one iota. However, the original question still remains unanswered; is there any accessibility-based reason for using em rather than % to specify font sizes? 

--J.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Foliot - WATS.ca [mailto:foliot@wats.ca]
> Sent: Wednesday, June 18, 2003 4:12 PM
> To: Scarlett Julian (ED); w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> Subject: RE: Relative Font Size
> 
> 
> Julian,
> 
> May I humbly point you to 
> http://wats.ca/resources/relativesizing/20.  In this case, by 
> using ems I can apply the sizing to more than just fonts.  To 
> that end then, ems would be more "practical"?
> 
> Just my $.03 (which given the current US/Canadian exchange 
> rate is about $.02...)
> 
> JF
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On
> > Behalf Of Scarlett Julian (ED)
> > Sent: Wednesday, June 18, 2003 9:33 AM
> > To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> > Subject: RE: Relative Font Size
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > Jesper
> > 
> > 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.
> > 
> > regards
> > Julian
> > 
> > > -----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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