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Re: What's an em

From: Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2000 16:23:41 +0100
Message-ID: <38A81DFD.1E117A98@w3.org>
To: Clive Bruton <clive@typonaut.demon.co.uk>
CC: www-font@w3.org, www-style@w3.org

Clive Bruton wrote:
> Isn't it conceivable that such an adjustment might actually render text
> that was meant as a headline/heading at a smaller size than continuous
> text on the same page?

Yes. But in that case, the heading would have been of a similar size to the
body text before the conversion.

Which is of course fine:

 <blockquote cite="Bringhurst, Robert 
                  'The Elements of Typographical Style', 
                   Second Edition">

  Don't permit titles to oppress the text. In books, spaced capitals 
  of the text size and weight are often perfectly adequate for 
  titles ...their problem is often that the title throws it weight 
  around, unbalancing and discoloring the page ... One way to make 
  heads prominent without making them large is to set them entirely 
  in the margin. 

I have used titles which were deliberately set smaller than the text, and
it seemed - judging by the comments of others - to have worked; a
combination of weight, small-caps, section numbering and color (of the
graphic design rather than typographic variety) serving to clearly indicate

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