lucy24 - 9:27 pm on Mar 25, 2013 (gmt 0)
What I find wrong however is suing. If you can't use it: go elsewhere.
If they won't rent to you: Look elsewhere.
If they won't look at your resumé: Apply elsewhere.
If they won't let your child into their college: Send them elsewhere.
Lawsuits are not the solution to all problems. But for some problems they are the only solution.
I don't know where lucy24 came up with 11px
Er, I was tossing out a random example. Unfortunately it was prompted by a page I met in real life. Adding insult to injury, the page belongs to someone who is my father's age and therefore ought to know better.
if you set a user stylesheet, it'll override *any* CSS (even inline) that a webmaster might have added.
That's a pretty big "if", though. Is the assumption here that anyone who can't read twelve-point Times Roman will have created their own stylesheet?
Now any truly modern browser does zooming pretty well and that just makes everything bigger on the screen, including any graphic elements.
And that's exactly what the user should not have to do. I may require bigger text than the site designer envisioned. Simple demographics says that the designer is probably younger than I am and has better eyesight. And I don't mean 51% on either count. But it doesn't automatically follow that I need the pictures to be blown up too. Especially since text will display suitably at any size, while an oversized image is clearly oversized. A decent browser will offer both options: Zoom everything, or zoom text alone.
My personal bottom line: There is simply no reason
under any circumstances
for a site's primary, default body text to be forced to a particular size. And that's exactly what so many sites do.
Explicit point sizes have only one advantage: Browsers that have a "minimum text size" option may or may not recognize computed sizes. They will always recognize explicitly declared sizes. If the footnote says "50%" I'm stuck. If it says "8pt" the browser will come to my rescue.
:: detour here to look at present page's source, noting with fascination a great number of <font size> tags ranging from 1 ("xx-small") to 3 ("medium") ::