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Re: [css3-values] Physical length units

From: Felix Miata <mrmazda@earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2012 14:15:42 -0500
Message-ID: <4F43ED5E.4090900@earthlink.net>
To: www-style@w3.org
On 2012/02/21 16:38 (GMT) Matthew Wilcox composed:

> Florian Rivoal<florianr@opera.com>  wrote:

>>  Well, you can do that, but in the process, you discard a potentially
>>  useful piece of information: the size of text that the user has indicated
>>  works for him as the default size.

> More likely I'd be working with a default

So? Unless you're working with a local net or an extremely small special 
group, it's nearly certain you have no special knowledge that most of your 
target audience has inappropriate defaults. Thus, any attempt to substitute 
your judgement about propriety of defaults is no more likely to make things 
better as worse, while at the same time making that imposition increases 
expectations chaos, and it's rude. The default is presumptively perfect, 
because _only_ the user is in position to tailor it to his personal needs if 
it isn't already ideal. http://tobyinkster.co.uk/article/web-fonts/

> because many people have no idea about adjusting text size

And many people do. Some do it in advance by adjusting the default. Some set 
a minimum. Others do it via zoom, as a defense mechanism because the site 
imposes something other than the default. Better you educate those that don't 
know than disrespect both those that do and those who don't know and yet find 
the app-provided defaults suitable.
"The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant
words are persuasive." Proverbs 16:21 (New Living Translation)

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