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Re: Resize Text 1.4.4

From: Christophe Strobbe <christophe.strobbe@esat.kuleuven.be>
Date: Thu, 06 Aug 2009 19:06:13 +0200
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At 18:49 6/08/2009, W Reagan wrote:
>One last question. Please take a look at 
>Statement #2 "Ensuring that text containers resize when the text 
>resizes". What does this mean? How can I test it?

Some layouts use columns that don't "grow" when text is resized. This 
results in columns that are very narrow compared to the text size, 
and spans of texts (usually long words or URLs) that are wider than 
the column in which they are supposed to fit (which can result in 
overlapping text and/or different colour contrast for the text that 
sticks out of the column).

 From the developer's point of view, flexible or "fluid" layouts can 
work around this problem. From the user's point of view, zooming (as 
opposed to merely resizing text) also avoids this problem, but some 
older browsers can only resize text (Internet Explorer 6 and older, 
Firefox 3 and older, etcetera). Currently, you can't assume that all 
visitors have a browser that supports zooming.

Best regards,


Christophe Strobbe
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