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Re: [css-fonts] Specify that the default "medium" font-size should by 16px?

From: Felix Miata <mrmazda@earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 00:01:18 -0500
Message-ID: <52D7679E.8010207@earthlink.net>
To: www-style@w3.org
On 2014-01-15 15:57 (GMT-0800) Tab Atkins Jr. composed:

> We should probably specify that the "medium" font size SHOULD default
> to being equal to 16px, unless the UA has good reason to do otherwise.

How about that UAs that accept preference size in px, as Gecko does, from 9 
up to 72? I can't imagine many people using 180 DPI displays being pleased 
with a medium that's only in fact 6.4pt physically. Neither can I imagine it 
being workable as long as browsers implement only integer multiples for 
device px to CSS px ratios above 1.

>   A new browser would likely be forced to implement this,

Forced how? Why?

> so we should specify it.

I hope not. A 16px default font size hasn't been an appropriate medium for me 
in over 12 years.

What browsers should be defaulting to is inheriting an appropriate size from 
the DE, until such time as it is specifically overridden by user 
personalization if not done already. That's what Konq does if using its 
native KHTML engine instead of WebKit. KHTML is the only one left 
facilitating the display of physical units where physical units are 
appropriate and desired, and where web pages can be rendered as though 
intended to be rendered and fit comfortably in the visitor's own environment.
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