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Re: about the use of pixels as a unit for typography

From: Felix Miata <mrmazda@earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2010 11:04:17 -0400
Message-ID: <4CB478F1.8050605@earthlink.net>
To: www-style@w3.org
On 2010/10/12 23:13 (GMT+1100) Peter Moulder composed:

> Using the em unit would sound like a good choice, but I'm told that it too has
> problems if many of your audience have an unsuitable default font size and
> won't change it.

Of course there are exceptions to every rule. Some people simply will not do
what they should do. This is no argument against sizing in em. All other
options are worse.

The only putatively legitimate reason not to size in em is the recurring
image quality issue, to which I repeat should virtually always take a back
seat to legibility, and has hope of eventual solution if web stylists quit
avoiding the use of em for sizing.

Every stylist should use em to decide how the puzzle pieces relate to each
other, including sizing of both text and images, and every user should decide
the em size that produces an acceptable comfort level. No better method
exists, or is likely to exist during my lifetime.
"The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant
words are persuasive." Proverbs 16:21 (New Living Translation)

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