style sheet font-size, was RE: different browsers

Thomas Dowling tdowling at
Fri Dec 12 11:10:10 EST 1997

-----Original Message-----
From: Bob Duncan <duncanr at>
To: Multiple recipients of list <web4lib at>
Date: Wednesday, December 10, 1997 7:40 PM
Subject: RE: style sheet font-size, was RE: different browsers

>At 11:16 AM 12/10/97, Thomas Dowling wrote:
>>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}
>The relative recommendation is a sound one, however, "x-large" (along with
>xx-small, x-small, small, medium, large, and xx-large) is considered an
>*absolute* size, not a relative size, and text declared with this value is
>unaffected by a user's preferences. ...

D'Ohh!  I stand corrected.  Thanks, Bob.

Thomas Dowling
OhioLINK - Ohio Library and Information Network
tdowling at

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