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Re: Why reduce font size

From: Susan Lesch <lesch@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2005 08:04:04 -0800
Message-ID: <423AFBF4.4060904@w3.org>
To: www-style@w3.org, mrmazda@ij.net, bert@w3.org
Felix Miata wrote:
> Bert Bos wrote:
>> Maybe if browsers ship with a minimum font size of 9pt out of the box
>> (or a font-size normalization routine, as above), those Web designers
>> will realize that they have misunderstood what their readers want and
>> that the browser window isn't something they control, but something
>> they share with millions of other people.
> Let's see what they do with this idea:
> https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=209879 (Camino, already
> implemented)
> https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=286254 (Mozilla)
> https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=286255 (Firefox)

Just a reminder that as diagrammed in [1], 9pt is most often the
smallest legible size without anti-aliasing. 7pt (even 6 or less in some
fonts) is legible and useful with anti-aliasing [2].

[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/1997Nov/0089
[2] http://people.w3.org/~lesch/minimum.png

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