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Re: When font-size and font size collide

From: David Perrell <davidp@earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 1999 11:18:50 -0700
Message-ID: <043401beea6f$4cf5d000$15a8a8c0@DPER>
To: "Style" <www-style@w3.org>
Todd Fahrner wrote:

> I am still not finished with this, but I've shared enough in
> fora that I shouldn't hesitate here, either: "Toward a
standard font
> size interval system" -
> http://style.verso.com/font_size_intervals/altintervals.html

I'm producing another designer's 'high-style' website design
and have been struggling to find a CSS solution to the need
for font-size consistency across platforms and UAs. I quickly
discovered that medium, small, and x-small for one UA
correspond to small, x-small, and xx-small for another, and
there is no correspondence of other sizes at all.

I just cannot tell you how shocked I was to discover that the
major browser dispensers -- normally so concerned with the
needs of their clientele -- would fail, in the course of their
implementation, to conspire on this issue (or, even better,
bring the issue to this forum and get some outside
counseling). I sincerely hope that responsible parties are
monitoring the progress of your treatise and will make amends
before the inexorable flow of bad karma pollutes their
lifestreams beyond redemption.

Special thanks for once again bringing to light MS's embrace
of Netscapian illogic that effectively claims table cells grow
new document trees from nuts outside the forest. Were it not
for this squirrelly bit of nonsense, font-size specification
in ems could be used with considerably more confidence.

General thanks for taking the time and effort to improve the
situation. Is it too much to hope that UA implementers will
comment here?

David Perrell
Received on Thursday, 19 August 1999 14:20:29 UTC

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