Re: CSS Font Sizes and Macs

by "Darrell King" <darrell(at)>

 Date:  Tue, 19 Sep 2000 16:37:18 -0400
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This would be my first choice, except that the default sizes are way too
large for average text-heavy pages.  Check the nearest paperback bookstand
or your library to get an idea of what I mean.

Not that I am dismissing your suggest out of hand...I would not have posted
the question if I didn't value the advice.  I simply wish to explore the
possibility of keeping the sizes my clients like, but without forcing Mac
users to suffer.

The size that gets the best response is the size seen in IE5.5 at font
size="2". or approximately .8em with now body size specified.  This is easy
to read with average vision, does not cause excessive scrolling to be
necessary and is visually balanced.

At this point, I am preparing to write a PHP script that I can include in
the templates as standard practice to select a style sheet based on browser
and OS.

My second choice is balanced between writing off the Mac users and using
pixel sizes.  Neither of these options meet my requirements.

I guess no one ever promised us a rose garden...:).


----- Original Message -----
From: "rudy limeback" <r937(at)>

and darrell, i hope i didn't come across as suggesting that you use "only a
larger font size"

on the contrary, i was trying to say don't use a smaller size

my advice is don't touch the font size at all -- let it default

use <h1> through <h6> where appropriate

use <small> where appropriate

use <em> and <strong> where appropriate

this will cover 95% of all your day-to-day needs, and color will do the

plus, this strategy is *really* cross-browser   ;o)

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