XHTML/CSS Redesign of Home Page

Thursday October 2nd, 2003

MozPhile writes: "In an effort to publicize a new CSS design for, a new mozdev project has been created. Based on the current design, this new one features valid XHTML 1.1 and CSS 2, with semantic HTML. First a fully standards-compliant browser, now a fully standards-compliant website to top it off!" Note that has not made any official statement regarding the design or whether they plan to use it.

#32 Re: bad to shrink the user's default font

by jgraham

Thursday October 2nd, 2003 3:52 PM

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As have I. Sadly the number of people that have done this is negligible and if you do try reducing default font sizes, text on lots of poorly designed sites becomes unreadable. So given that the 16px defacto default is too large for most people to read comfortably, and using a fixed pixel size prevents anyone using Internet Explorer from resizing the text, which creates an accessibility issue, designers have a problem. They can choose to cater for the vast majority of the population who don't even realise there is a default setting to be changed or they can cater for the tiny proportion of technically competent people who do know how to change font sizes. Now, potentially, this situation could be improved by introducing some sort of setup application into Firebird with a slider which allowed users to set text to be comfortable size when they first run the application. Then at least designers would be aware that not everyone has 16px fonts by default. However, doing so would be a usability issue in itself in that it would prevent people getting on with using the program (maybe you could run the setup program as the browser unpacked and installed itself?) and it would break many existing sites.