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Re: Why reduce font size

From: Adam Kuehn <akuehn@nc.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2005 17:22:58 -0500
Message-Id: <p0611040ebe4a9a957a08@[]>
To: Christoph Päper <christoph.paeper@tu-clausthal.de>, Paul Duncan <paul.duncan@marketpipe.com>
Cc: www-style@w3.org

Christoph Päper wrote:

>The defaults (16 px) work fine for me, having 
>average eye-sight and using a quite common 
>display setup (15" TFT @ 1024 px × 768 px).
>Anyway, this is not really a topic for www-style.

Well, would it be possible or appropriate for the 
spec to recommend that initial UA defaults be 
explicitly set by the user by means of a sizing 
wizard on install?  Such a recommendation would 
be non-normative, but I can't think of a better 
place for a formal recommendation that might 
actually have some effect on the eternal 
font-size wars.  If the user is always setting 
their own default to suit their own needs, 
perhaps designers will feel less temptation to 
over-ride those user choices.

Or maybe we are just stuck in font-size purgatory forever.


-Adam Kuehn
Received on Tuesday, 1 March 2005 22:23:23 UTC

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