different browsers

Thomas Dowling tdowling at ohiolink.edu
Wed Dec 10 10:55:28 EST 1997

-----Original Message-----
From: Harry M. Kriz <Harry_M_Kriz at vt.edu>
To: Multiple recipients of list <web4lib at library.berkeley.edu>
Date: Wednesday, December 10, 1997 9:56 AM
Subject: Re: different browsers

>At 05:04 PM 12/9/97 -0800, Thomas wrote:
>>The other approach is to stop expressing presentational ideas with the
>>relatively clumsy style hacks that have been added to HTML, and to start
>>using a tool that was designed for the job.  The tool that has a fair
>>of support is Cascading Stylesheets (CSS); it is supported in 2.5 of the
>>four browsers you mention.
>In providing readable presentations on the screen, you still have the
>problem of dealing with the reader's device. For example, I use a 21"
>monitor at 1600x1200 resolution. Pages now using CSS often set fonts so
>small that I sometimes cannot read them easily, if at all. I miss the
>ability of being able to reset the font size to my liking.

True, it is possible to abuse stylesheets for really atrocious results.
I've seen a couple of stylesheet style guides, and they recommend setting
font sizes and margins on a relative basis, so that they can work with the
user's settings rather than against them.  That is:

  .big {font-size: 150%}      -OR-
  .big {font-size: x-large}

Rather than:

  .big {font-size: 14pt}

Thomas Dowling
OhioLINK - Ohio Library and Information Network
tdowling at ohiolink.edu

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