8/9/02 4:42:25 AM, "Paul Blake" [EMAIL-REMOVED]>
>i've adopted the approach of setting font size to 100% in
the <body> tag then using em values elsewhere, as
outlined by Owen Briggs, to overcome IE PC from rendering
the text as useless if the user selects text size smallest from
>do i take it from the exchanges of the last couple of days
this is now deemed a bad idea?
i currently prefer to get sub-default main text by setting the
% in BODY to less than 100, and leave the main text [P,
and such like] at 1.0em.
this way i can change everything by changing that %, and if
there becomes a problem with the % method, i can just
delete that line until i have time to do more research;
everything snaps back to safe, though rather large, default.
i've noticed that once you get below about 80%, the
browsers don't render exactly the same size anymore, but
it's close enough for me. i presume this is because of how
the different browsers calculate the final result.
i am unaware of any problems with this, unless, as has
been pointed out here, the user sets their browser's default
text to smaller instead of using the browser's text resizing
method. [i'm not worried about that kind of user, but if
anyone chooses to be, that's fine. some people also
believe you should use *only* default main text. they're
allowed! we are not going to restart the holy wars on this
some people prefer to use keywords instead of %, as is
promoted by a good A List Apart article. i don't, because it
doesn't work for opera win.
if there's another issue that i've missed, please do tell.
i'll update the font thing i wrote once i get time to research
some related items [like one of our browsers zooms em text
but not em line heights, causing overlap at very large sizes],
but afaik the %/em technique itself is solid.