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Re: Why reduce font size

From: Felix Miata <mrmazda@ij.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2005 12:35:04 -0500
Message-ID: <423B1148.636@ij.net>
To: www-style@w3.org

Susan Lesch wrote:
> 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 ... 9pt is most often the
> smallest legible size ...

I think if you look at the 2 new bugs you'll see the macro part of the
idea is to do it at all, not the micro part about what size to set as
the minimum. If designers know there's any floor at all by default, they
should be forced to take it into account, and use ems or % or keywords
instead of trying to cram 11px down peoples throats as a "medium" size
for content text on their sites.
"In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you."
                                                Matthew 7:12 NIV

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