[thelist] Font Sizes

Tom Dell'Aringa pixelmech at yahoo.com
Fri Oct 4 13:21:01 CDT 2002

--- miinx <lists at miinx.com.au> wrote:

> > Me? I set base font size at 80% and then size other text in ems.
> Have you ever seen that on a Mac?  Aaron is correct, it's for all
> intents & purposes unreadable.

Just one small thing - and I agree there is no "right" answer on this
- but I use base font set to 80% and style ems accordingly.

Many people have stated this is a no-go for mac users, but as Geoff
stated this isn't really true. Check out this screen shot from a Mac
IE 5.0 with text set to normal:


It's perfectly readable. Now, my parents read this site - they don't
see all that great - and they use a Mac and they have no complaints.

I also had a shot from IE4.5 and even though the text is a bit
smaller, its still very readable (and scaleable). There are few 4.5
users however, and my site busts in 4.5 anyway so font size is the
least concern there :)

The windows machines of course are no problem. My biggest concern on
the windows side was IE6, which changed the way they size fonts from
5.5 (which I kind of liked better). Type is slightly larger on IE6,
which I think is fine.


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