Changes to the wiki

Duncan Lithgow dlithgow at
Sat May 12 15:21:34 UTC 2007

On Sat, 2007-05-12 at 14:53 +0100, Phil Bull wrote:
> As far as I know, relative font sizes are calculated by the browser
> relative to a 'base' size. If someone has poor eyesight, they will have
> hopefully increased the base size in their browser.
> For example, the default base font size in Firefox seems to be 16pt.
> '0.8em' should be 80% of this size, so in my browser I should see 0.8em
> text as 16 x 0.8 = 12.8pt.
Yes, that's right. But this means that the user has adjusted their
browser so that normal text size is easy for them to read. If the main
text on a page is smaller 1em they will see that text as smaller than
they expect.

You haven't missed my point at all. I understand the design problem
here, smaller text looks better according to our current sense of style.
But because some users need larger text for the main body of content I
think that the main text size should always be 1em or 100%. Anything
else (in my opinion) disadvantages those with poorer sight.

In firefox some people might choose to use the option to set a minimum
font size. But imagine this with Launchpad which uses smaller fonts for
lots of the less important information!


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