[thelist] The Site's up -- What do you think?

Felix Miata mrmazda at ij.net
Tue Feb 28 01:00:50 CST 2006

On 06/02/27 17:48 Rachell Coe apparently typed:

> I've finally finished the design (thank you guys so much) and have it up at
> http://www.4thegrapes.com/index.htm -- what do you think?


Quite attractive. Too small text. Note in the screenshot the significant 
difference in size between your page's P text and the size that works 
best for me (28px, ~12pt).

If you're going to size text in pt, you need to be aware of the problems 
caused by doing so. First, IE users cannot resize your text with their 
browser's text resizer widget, and that amounts to poor accessibility. 

Second, You've specified the largest commonly available web font as 
first choice, but smaller fonts as alternates. As common as it is, 
Verdana is neither universally installed, nor universally liked. 
http://www.xs4all.nl/~sbpoley/webmatters/verdana.html If you must 
specify font-families for ordinary content P text, and for this very 
reason it's best not to, the only suitable comparably large size 
alternates for Verdana I'm aware of are DejaVu Sans, and Bitstream Vera 
Sans. but you've used the noticably smaller Arial, and the erratic but 
typically smaller Helvetica. 

Third, studies have shown users overwhelmingly prefer 12pt to 10pt. 
Examples can be found at 
http://psychology.wichita.edu/optimalweb/text.htm and 
http://www.unc.edu/~jkullama/inls181/final/font.html Elsewhere you can 
see your 10pt choice is the recommended minimum, the size below which no 
text on a page should go. http://www.useit.com/alertbox/20020819.html

Fourth, in addition to the non-resizability problem for IE users, pt 
simply shouldn't be used for sizing screen media text. First, it 
disregards user preferences. 
http://www.xs4all.nl/~sbpoley/webmatters/fontsize.html Second, pt sizes 
depend on DPI, which is almost never correctly configured on personal 
computers, leading to unpredictable rendered sizes that typically have 
little relationship to what users want or the size the author thinks 
will result. http://hsivonen.iki.fi/units/
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