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Re: View -> Text Size :: Relative increase and decrease in IE

From: Douglas Livingstone <lists@neuance.net>
Date: Mon, 02 Jun 2003 19:41:13 +0200
To: "Hoffman, Geoffrey" <ghoffman@aztrib.com>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <oprp5h2ztq8hptl8@mail.neuance.net>

> In trying to
> determine the ratio of text scaling going on, I found there was no ratio,

I don't know how you worked out the sizes, but assuming it was by eye, then 
I can assume some errors, and say that the ratio is 1.2. (I found it easily 
enough because I remeber reading it somewhere :) Something allong the 
lines: Once upon a time, the w3c recommended a ratio of 1.5, Netscape used 
this (around 4 I think), then the w3c changed it to 1.2, and everyone 
thought that Netscape 4 was silly setting its ratio at 1.5...)

Anyway, you want fixes, so try this:


Basically, this:

body {
font-family: verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;
font-size: 84%;

p {
font-size: 1.0em;

Before people start jumping at the 84%, remember that the font is changed 
too, and verdana is a "bigger" font than Times Roman, the default in IE 
etc, so is really an effort to keep closer to the user defaults. Hence the 
CSS3 thing: http://www.w3.org/TR/2002/WD-css3-fonts-20020802/#font-size- 

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