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

From: Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:18:30 -0800
Message-ID: <CAAWBYDBySJ7JZvwXT9enaWQ7F_3Tef-m85=4jaUfL2Tx6WNcfg@mail.gmail.com>
To: John Daggett <jdaggett@mozilla.com>
Cc: www-style list <www-style@w3.org>
On Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 12:12 AM, John Daggett <jdaggett@mozilla.com> wrote:
> Tab Atkins wrote:
>> It's obvious from inspection that every browser defaults to 16px
>> font size, so it hasn't been a big deal that it's not
>> standardized.  That doesn't excuse us from standardizing it,
>> though - the entire *point* of standardization is to allow new
>> browsers to enter the market without having to do a bunch of
>> reverse-engineering themselves.
> While this is generally true, it's not true in all cases. Firefox,
> for example, sets the default size based on the locale. For some CJK
> locales, it's set to 15px instead of 16px.  For some locales I could
> definitely imagine defaults other 16px making more sense.  So I
> don't think standardizing on "should" makes sense, although a note
> saying that the font size generally defaults to 16px would be fine.

That's fair.  I'm fine with just a note; I just want *something*
written down about this default assumption of the web.  Feel free to
word it how you see fit. ^_^

Received on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 01:19:16 UTC

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