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What makes it weirder is that if I cut and paste the source of the firefox page and save it as an html page it all appears the right size. So now Im not sure if this is php,css,html or firefox related. I will post the relevant code if its required.
You don't want to get me started on this but....
I'm all for zoom features - all I ask is that the browser tell me, the user, what level we're at. Especially if you're going to make the setting "sticky" behind my back with no opportunity to make it otherwise as FF3 does.
It's also a question of respecting and trusting the designer's initial intentions. Pages are always created for 100% (Ctrl+0).
One very bad thing about the "Adaptive" zoom in FF3 and IE8Beta is that it will very often create horizontal scrollbars - content zooms out of view to the right. And the only way for a designer to avoid this is to restrict themselves to a "fluid" (or is it "liquid" ?) layout that scrunches content together within the viewport as the zoom level goes up.
Lastly, I've been monitoring IE8 pretty closely, and many people who have gotten used to boosting their system DPI to 120 for larger fonts, which, prior to IE8 gave them a larger base Text Size without enlarging images, are bothered by IE8's EVERYTHING zooms approach.
Especially if you're going to make the setting "sticky" behind my back with no opportunity to make it otherwise as FF3 does.
In FF3's about:config file there is a setting -
which can be set to false, and then the full "page" zoom will no longer stick to the domain.
(Do think it was a usability mistake to make sticky the default.)
There are other zoom settings as well but without a bit of experimentation, I don't know if you can force a perpetual state of 100% (Ctrl+0) so as to prevent what happened to shumboom in his initial complaint.
To be continued.
It's a bigger issue than most web authors realize.