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From Bert Van Kets <>
Subject Re: Font too small?
Date Fri, 06 Sep 2002 19:44:14 GMT
As the default skin creator I have to put a word in.
I have tested the doc-v11 document with ems, but couldn't get the text 
inside tables to display properly.  Most text inside the tables was too 
small, even after setting it specifically in the CSS file.
It is indeed recommended to use a scalable font definition to give people 
the opportunity to set the text size to their liking.
I have been tech editing a book on web site optimization for New Riders by 
Andy King and there are some really good chapters on CSS and html code 
optimization.  It's to be published at the end of the year.
I set the font size in CSS on 90% instead of 12px.  This makes the text a 
little larger and works perfectly in IE6, Mozilla and NS4.x.  Moreover the 
text is completely scalable now.


At 21:28 5/09/2002 +0200, you wrote:
>Piroumian Konstantin wrote:
>>Incidentally I've found this on the MSDN site:
>>Seems that 'em' is the supposed unit for accessibility. But I am agree that
>>some browsers have problems with it. Even IE, when both em and px are used.
>It is not recommended to use 'em' for *font size*, because it is
>interpreted as the width of the character "m" (or some sort of
>average width) of the current font at tis point. This is not always
>reliable interpreted by browsers, and actually it makes much less
>sense then percents or points. The em unit is mainly for specifying
>widths of margins, table columns and blocks and such.

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