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Re: Proposal: font-size: auto

From: Windy Road <tom@windyroad.org>
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2007 16:40:52 +1000
Message-ID: <746049190706112340k74498b6bsb130b23190c137ec@mail.gmail.com>
To: www-style@w3.org

On 12/06/07, David Woolley <forums@david-woolley.me.uk> wrote:
> Windy Road wrote:
> > as a phone), but the intention is that zooming on the client would
> > resolve this.  You could use Photosynth (see
> Zooming ought not to be forced on clients by standards.  For a start, it
> is not appropriate for occasional users, or for those with cognitive
> difficulties.  Moreover, it is painful to use because it also implies
> the need to scroll the content continually from side to side, which is
> even more frustrating than having to scroll two column PDFs vertically
> backwards and forwards.

Not so long ago, I actually tried viewing online content on a mobile
phone screen.  I would have much rather had the option to zoom in and
out, than have to navigate the content that was squished into the
width of the screen.  BTW these were not normal sites either, these
were sites designed to be viewed on mobile phones.  I found the
experience so bad, that I didn't go back.

That being said, there is nothing forcing designers to impose zooming
on the clients.  It is (as it should be) a design option.  Also, given
that I've withdrawn my proposal and that the CSS3 draft already
contains vw and vh units that will produce this effect, there isn't
really much to discuss, is there?

Tom Howard
Received on Tuesday, 12 June 2007 06:41:07 UTC

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