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... size mainly varying from 2 or 3...However, I'm thinking of changing the font face to "Arial".
A designer sits there with 20-something-year-old eyes, on a 27-inch monitor megacentipixel screen--and not thinking about the surfer, viewing the same content with original-issue-eyes on an iPad.
One might expect the NYT to use Times New Roman font, although I understand it was developed by the Times of London.
I get your point but many people have absolutely no clue as to how to do this, i'd say the average user is stuck on default settings and they never change them, they just leave sites where the text is too small for them to read comfortably.I totally hear this all the time as a main counter-argument to using relative font sizing. The problem is that If the user is using a high resolution screen or low resolution screen, the font size will look wrong anyway. You MUST rely on the user having a proper font size set for things to go well for everyone because everyone does NOT have the same monitor size, everyone does NOT have the same DPI settings, and everyone does NOT run at the same resolution. They also might not have your font, resulting in a very different font size (Google "why not to use Verdana", not that I completely agree with it)
>> I set all my sizes in em so that they are scalable if the user requires via the browser.
I get your point but many people have absolutely no clue as to how to do this, I'd say the average user is stuck on default settings and they never change them, they just leave sites where the text is too small for them to read comfortably.
One reason I use a fixed PX instead of a dynamic size like EM is that I have a pixel perfect design. If text scaled independently from the rest of the page there would quickly be a lot of layout issues. By all sizes being defined in PX the whole page scales together and most of the modern browsers properly zoom in on the whole page rather than just the text, which keeps text flow proper.