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Re: [CSS21]-relevant: Opera-bug 122147 (font-sizes)

From: Todd Fahrner <fahrner@pobox.com>
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2003 15:03:40 -0700
Cc: =?ISO-8859-1?Q? "'H=E5kon_Wium_Lie'" ?= <howcome@opera.com>, <www-style@w3.org>
To: Jörg Hartmann <jhartmann@aquilacoop.de>
Message-Id: <2CB33B54-C535-11D7-BEB2-003065B71C46@pobox.com>

Jörg, as I opined in a private reply to your concerns earlier, I think 
the problems you describe would best be addressed in browser prefs UI, 
not by trying to make the initial value of font-size (medium) something 
other than the legacy HTML font size value of "3"; i.e., the value that 
obtains in the absence of any contrary direction. Users should no 
longer be asked to specify a single font size preference, but instead 
should specify the very smallest size they care ever to read at all. 
That size should map to xx-small, with the other sizes above it being 
generated if not set directly. Perhaps show a live preview of the 
entire keyword range, too, to communicate the reality that this is a 
system, not an isolated value.

I happen to agree with you that it is hardly useful to have 3 steps 
below the most common or body size in documents. But then why not 
simply, as either an author or user (in user stylesheet) set the root 
size to "small" or even x-small, and go from there?

todd fahrner
Received on Saturday, 2 August 2003 18:03:50 UTC

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