Re: [IxDA] Font sizers

13 Aug 2010 - 12:46am
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On Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 5:25 AM, Scott Noblit <> wrote:

I've been looking at redesigning some asset level pages (articles, etc) lately. Currently on these articles we have a font size option (small, medium and large). Unfortunately it isn't something I can get any metrics on (nor done any testing) and am wondering if anyone has any experience with the usage of these. 

No experience, really. 

It seemed like a lot of sites were including these kinds of controls a few years ago, but I'm noticing a lot of new sites (or redesigned sites) left this functionality off. Have people found that this kind of functionality is little used?

But my understanding is that this functionality made sense when CSS adoption wasn't that great, and possibly pixel sizes were used for the small, medium and large options.
If we implement the page correctly using CSS and relative font sizes, then the need for these options goes away.
The user can simply then use his browser's "ctrl & +" or "ctrl & -" to get the exact size that is comfortable to him/her.

Obviously designing with an appropriate size to begin with makes it less necessary, and browsers have better functionality for this resizing too.

Yes, my thoughts exactly. 

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