Tuesday 16 July 2002

Accessibility tip 21: Use relative font sizes

Finally, the time has come to implement relative font sizes. I’ve written about it enough and now the text is resizable. I prefer how the site used to look but I don’t have the time, energy, or inclination to fuss with things anymore. Shōganai, it can’t be helped.



Seeing Spot run and he runs great.

An increased line-height of, say, 140-160% on the main text may make it look even better, but it is up to you to judge.

Posted by: Kris on 16 July 2002 at 05:55 PM

FWIW, everything looks exactly the same in all the browsers I keep around (IE, Opera, NN4 - 6.2, Mozilla) - which means it looks crisp, clean and completely readable. I don't notice a sacrifice in quality at all.

I would imagine that people who want resized text have done so already and your blog isn't going to put them over the edge saying, "Darn it! I need bigger text all of a sudden!"

Posted by: Bill Simoni on 16 July 2002 at 08:20 PM

Lookin' good.

You'll futz with it more later. There's only so much you can futz with a page at any one time. Unless you're Zeldman or somebody.

Posted by: Dorothea Salo on 16 July 2002 at 10:59 PM

Text looks the same to me. You can reduce the size of the headers a bit if you like (is that what you were talking about?) but otherwise well done. Judging by the linkbacks I'm getting from yesterday's article, relative font sizes are like exercise: everybody knows they should be doing it, but few people ever quite get around to it.

Posted by: Mark Pilgrim on 17 July 2002 at 01:04 AM

This discussion is now closed. My thanks to everyone who contributed.

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