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Re: 16px default, SI meter (Re: platform-specific font size issues)

From: Susan Lesch <lesch@macvirus.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 1998 00:08:36 -0700
Message-Id: <l03110701b29e534f827f@[]>
To: www-style@w3.org
Tantek Celik wrote:

>> " > The appropriate corrective measure, I submit, is for Mac (and X11?)
>> " > browsers to break with tradition and ship with the default value of
>> " > "medium" text set at 16px, instead of 12pt.
>> "
>> " Microsoft tried something like this in MSIE 4.0 Mac, where 'medium' was
>> increased to 14. They changed it back to 12 in version 4.01.
>>Are you sure about that? I hadn't noticed. That was a "trade-show special"
>>release - loaded with bugs. Tantek - was there an experiment in 4.0? Or was
>>this just a bug?
>Just a bug.

In retrospect, maybe the bug is only that the default font was changed back to 12 point? At the time, I trusted that the increase to 14(px?) was part of an incomplete but informed intent to reconcile Macintosh with Windows display.

Susan Lesch
Received on Thursday, 17 December 1998 03:25:43 UTC

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