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.

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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 (Comment Permalink)

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 (Comment Permalink)

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 (Comment Permalink)

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 (Comment Permalink)

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

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