For those of who who haven't noticed, or have actively ignored it, there's been yet another debate about skills and what we call ourselves and blah blah blah. One of the popular positions in this argument has been the importance of various visual design skills in interaction design, such as line, color, grid system...etc. I have no objection to those.
I know that there was a discussion on this list a while back, but I'd
love to get a more recent update as to what people feel is the best
'standard' font size for an average audience. We are currently in
a bit of a debate with a client about their 'standard' font size.
Their guidelines dictate using 14px Arial / 13px Verdana for content,
which we feel is too large. We feel that a 12px Arial / 11px Verdana
standard is more reasonable to most users (in essence, using the 75%
base font adjustment from the browser standards and then using ems
from that point forward).
Is there any research on font sizes? Yes, you should build your site
so users can change the size, but in reality many who would benefit
from doing so don't know that you can, even if you provide the tools.
You need to start with an appropriate default. What should that
* Nick Gassman - Usability and Standards Manager - http://ba.com *
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