lucy24 - 6:25 am on Dec 23, 2011 (gmt 0)
I am completely missing something here, beginning with the thread title.
"Setting font to 62.5% makes text tiny"
WELL, DUH it makes it tiny. You have set your font to five-eighths-- that's not much more than one-half-- of the default. How could that not make it tiny?
Now, I know some web designers have trouble with this, but here goes anyway. Every browser has a default font size, either built in or set by the user. That size can be expressed as "100%" or "medium" or "1em". If you set the main font size to significantly less than the user's default-- "62.5%" or ".625em" or "x-small" or, worst of all, "8pt"-- then the user has a choice of actions.
Not all browsers allow both #1 and #2.
#1 Zoom the text. The words will no longer fit into the page design, which generally assumes a certain relationship between text size and overall size.
#2 Zoom everything. The page is no longer visible all at once in its full glory, the way the designer wanted it to be seen.
Don't know about your average user, but I almost never mess with #1 or #2. I proceed directly to #3.