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Re: Is time running out for the without STYLE SHEET guidelines?

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 30 Jan 2003 22:52:01 +0000 (GMT)
Message-Id: <200301302252.h0UMq1601635@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

> Finally, what happens if the end user chooses to employ their own
* style sheet instead of your "supplied" style sheet, say for example one
* which ensures high-contrast colors and/or larger than normal font sizes?

Or simply the standard medium font sizes.  I gave up on author specified
font sizes several months ago because of the trend towards forcing
unreadably small fonts (sometimes called the "tyranny of tiny type").
It was becoming such that typical fonts resolutions were lower than
early 1970s VDUs++.  I now run with IE set for medium font sizes and ignore
author specified sizes.  The pages I need (that work at all with other
constraints, like no scripting) are generally OK, although I've seen pages
that completely fall to pieces because of pixel level CSS positioning.

I had a particular problem in that I'm trying to learn Chinese and was
looking at Chinese BBS sites with resolutions too low to identify the
individual strokes, something a learner needs to do in order to look
up characters.

The consequence of the (large number of) bad sites, is that sites that
style font sizes sensibly still have their sizes ignored.  Similar things
have happened with colours, when one major UK telecoms provider chose
almost the worst colour contrast possible for their web page on their
unmetred internet access tarriff, and I had to temporarily disable

++ and I have a feeling that was only because the browser was forcing
a lower limit on the font size in pixels.

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