[thelist] CSS: Unix and font sizes

Charles F. Johnson charles at littlegreenfootballs.com
Sun Apr 15 21:11:23 CDT 2001

Arlen.P.Walker at jci.com <Arlen.P.Walker at jci.com> typed:

> <nosetweak>
> Then you have guys like Charles, who specify such small type for their
> default that they effectively don't give you the chance to achieve the
> typographic effects of smaller-than-the-default type sizes. ;{>}
> </nosetweak>

why does my nose feel sore?

javascript would be a great way to handle this problem, wouldn't it? too bad
there's no way to get the user's default font size from the DOM.

another way to handle it would be for browsers to support a "baseline" font
size, so the designer could specify the default setting  and scale up and
down without fear of creating unreadable pages.

with IE5 mac, that's exactly what we have, since you can resize any text. if
IE for windows would allow resizing pixel-based text, this frustrating
problem would go away. i was very disappointed to discover that the beta of
IE6 still doesn't fix this bug.

charles johnson
lgf web design

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