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New mozilla.org Site Launches

Thursday November 13th, 2003

The new mozilla.org website has been launched. This new site caters more to the end user, with better product information, clearer download links and more details about help resources. New Mozilla initiatives, such as telephone support, CD sales and donations are now promoted throughout the site. Navigation has also been improved and a friendlier layout and colour scheme have been created. This is the first significant redesign of mozilla.org since its launch in 1998.


#30 Re: Re: font-size: 90%

by mlefevre

Friday November 14th, 2003 3:48 AM

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"Assuming that a user has their default font size set to whatever they are comfortable with"

The reason for doing it is that that is not a correct assumption. Most IE users have the text set to the default size, which is more than big enough for most people to read at 800x600 or 1024x768 resolutions - it's a step larger than default text in the Windows interface (menus etc). And, if you change IE to the next text size down, many sites end up unreadable small.

Until site authors can make the assumption that most users have their text set at the size they actually want, they'll use font-size: 90% (or absolute sizes). Until users find that most sites have text which is too large for them, they won't be prompted to change the text size. The only way I can imagine of forcing the issue is for Microsoft to change the default size in IE, and even that wouldn't be a great solution, because site authors need to support the older versions for years...

FWIW, the "to do" list of things for the new website (at <http://www.mozilla.org/projects/website/> ) includes "Strive to find font settings that are readable on the majority of systems for a cross section of users with the default settings."