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RE: font sizes in ems

From: Chris Wilson (PSD) <cwilso@MICROSOFT.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 1997 12:08:49 -0700
Message-ID: <41F7F4CE3CA2CF11BC5000805F14B2A9023ABF8D@RED-31-MSG.dns.microsoft.com>
To: "'David Perrell'" <davidp@earthlink.net>, "'Gayle Kidder'" <reddik@sandiego.com>
Cc: www-style@w3.org
Ah, I see - without the body size set, we're still inheriting the
default "medium" font size as the basis for ems and percent.  I will try
to make sure this gets fixed before we ship.  That is the only problem,
though, right?

Chris Wilson

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	David Perrell [SMTP:davidp@earthlink.net]
> Sent:	Friday, July 18, 1997 11:17 AM
> To:	Chris Wilson (PSD); 'Gayle Kidder'
> Cc:	www-style@w3.org
> Subject:	Re: font sizes in ems
> Chris Wilson (PSD) wrote:
> > Gayle, I don't understand what the problem you're seeing with IE4.0
> pp2
> > is.  As far as I can tell, we render this correctly - in fact, we
> render
> > your first page correctly if you set the font-size explicitly on
> <BODY>
> > _AND_ <TD>.  The first line (explicit 10pt) is the same size as the
> > second (1em), as I believe it should be - and the third line (.9em,
> > etc.) is smaller, as it should be.  These do not scale when you
> select a
> > different default font size (I don't believe they should).  Am I
> missing
> > something?
> With NSN4.01, 1em Verdana is considerably larger than the 10pt
> Verdana.
> How do they manage to do this?
> Did you see Gayle's screen shot at
> <http://www.beachmedia.com/www/em2.gif>?
> The default size, the 100% size, and the 1em size should be the same,
> but they are not.
> 100% and 1em should refer to the browser default if the default has
> not
> been changed by an author stylesheet declaration, and it appears that
> neither N nor IE do an exact match. I wonder why this is so.
> David Perrell
Received on Friday, 18 July 1997 15:08:56 UTC

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