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gm1234

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Posted: 10/01/2004, 3:20 AM

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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DonB
Posted: 10/01/2004, 4:13 PM

It depends on how friendly you want your site to be. When you lock in a
specific point size, then the user might not be able to enlarge it because
it's an "absolute" size. Some browsers will ignore that fact and enlarge
anyway, but some won't. People with visual problems will hate you if they
can't make the text big enough to read.

Unfortunately, the CCS themes specify exact point sizes.
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"gm1234" <gm1234@forum.codecharge> wrote in message
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> 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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Damian Hupfeld
Posted: 10/04/2004, 10:11 PM

Agreed,

from a style point of view it is much easier to get your formatting right
using fixed font sizes, but most browsers have an option for you to set the
text size, small, medium, large etc which is used by people who have trouble
seeing small text. You will disadvantage these people but most websites
seem to be doing this.

Damian

"DonB" <~ccbth~@gotodon.com> wrote in message
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> It depends on how friendly you want your site to be. When you lock in a
> specific point size, then the user might not be able to enlarge it because
> it's an "absolute" size. Some browsers will ignore that fact and enlarge
> anyway, but some won't. People with visual problems will hate you if they
> can't make the text big enough to read.
>
> Unfortunately, the CCS themes specify exact point sizes.
> --
> DonB
>
> http://www.gotodon.com/ccbth
>
>
> "gm1234" <gm1234@forum.codecharge> wrote in message
>news:18415d2f791ddb3@news.codecharge.com...
>> 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?
>> _________________
>> [URL=http://www.buytemplates.net/site-map-02.php]webdesign template[/URL]
>> [URL=http://www.icongalore.com]xp style icons[/URL]
>> ---------------------------------------
>> Sent from YesSoftware forum
>> http://forums.codecharge.com/
>>
>
>


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