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Proper font-size calculation with ems (was RE: Image Galleries)

From: B.K. DeLong <bkdelong@pobox.com>
Date: Wed, 05 Jan 2005 09:19:17 -0500
Message-Id: <5.2.1.1.2.20050105091508.029dc9e0@mail.brain-stream.com>
To: Francois Jordaan <Francois.Jordaan@wheel.co.uk>,w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Cc: "'Bailey, Bruce'" <Bruce.Bailey@ed.gov>, "John Foliot - WATS.ca" <foliot@wats.ca>

At 02:17 PM 1/5/2005 +0000, Francois Jordaan wrote:

> > > The W3C has specified 16px/96ppi
> >
> > Okay, but 11px/16px is 0.6875 not .76.
> > If B.K. meant 11pt (and not 11px) the base font size should
> > be about 0.92 em.
> >
> > Francois, is .76 fairly arbitrary or did you calculate it
> > somehow?  (If the latter, please provide the math.)
>
>I agree this has become very off-topic, but I'm replying to the list in 
>order to correct some errors in my earlier email.
>
>Indeed, .76em normally renders as 12px, and not 11px as I said.

I would love to take all our font sizes in 
http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/style/core.css

and convert them to ems. The problem I run into is inheritance and nesting. 
Often times out WYSIWYG editor in our CMS will nest several bodycopy <span> 
elements and just make the font size smaller and smaller, were it ems. I'd 
love to figure out how to keep that from happening.

Any suggestions?


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