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To Or Not To Specify Font Sizes

Posted 25 August 2004 - 10:19 PM

Now this is really serious. There are some who say that a font size of 10 to 12 points would be good, some others who say that font sizes should be specified in percentage of 80 to 90% and some others who are against specifying font sizes. I wonder which one would be correct on the web usability point of view. Any help?
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Re: To Or Not To Specify Font Sizes

Posted 26 August 2004 - 01:14 AM

Seeing this made me think of a great article on A List Apart...

It'll take a bit more effort to code it, but here's a nice, simple way to let the user control the text size with javascript and CSS...

take a look here...

Hope that helps!
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Re: To Or Not To Specify Font Sizes

Posted 26 August 2004 - 01:29 AM

and if you're feeling a bit lazy about coding that, use generic css keyname font sizes (like small, x-small etc) You will need a few hacks to make it look the same in all browsers but this will set the font at the desired scale no matter what resolution, browser, or platform the user uses. They will also still be able to adjust the size on their own with View>text>whatever or by default settings. You can find info on this at ALA as well. I used it on this site I designed I've not received complaints and it works for me in Opera, Mozilla, IE and NS4 so it's all good :)
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Re: To Or Not To Specify Font Sizes

Posted 26 August 2004 - 06:48 AM

Still others say use CSS and ems instead of pixels.
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Re: To Or Not To Specify Font Sizes

Posted 26 August 2004 - 07:53 AM

i agree with codeman completly. if you use css like he stated it will look good on all sizes.
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