Stephanie Sullivan wrote:
> on 11/19/03 11:55 PM, Felix Miata at [EMAIL-REMOVED] profoundly spewed forth
> their very articulate thoughts:
> > As to backing up to the kitchen to read, it indicates substantial
> > likelihood that the author has not adjusted his default to suit his own
> > needs. If he hasn't, just how much are his judgement and recommendation
> > worth?
> I must respectfully disagree with this... Though we as web developers
> understand about setting preferences and user style sheets and the like, Joe
> Client/Regular, in general, does not. Joe doesn't usually even know he
> should upgrade the browser that comes with his computer.
Except for user stylesheets, I think those presumptions rather dated.
Surely many, but most? Even if most is still applicable, you continue to
presume you *know* that there's something wrong with *his* box stock
configuration that you *need* to do something about. Just because box
stock is not OK for you doesn't automatically make it not OK for
everyone else too.
> I have found the default size text that comes with my browser (I do NOT
> change it since it is my belief that the people I design for, in general, do
> not change their and I like to view the page like they do)
This is obviously the way many designers to it, to prefer the *presumed*
needs of the many clueless and lazy over the needs of those who know
their needs and do something about it. It's shamefully disrespectful.
Just exactly how big is the default physically on your system? You can
see mine approximately in the 17 pixels table, 1024x768 row and 19"
column on http://members.ij.net/mrmazda/auth/pixelsize2.html.
> is very large.
Compared to what? You're a web professional, right? I'll bet you aren't
doing your work sitting in front of a 14" CRT most of most days, more
likely using a 19" if not a 21" or 22". Your age? I'll bet your eyes
have yet to suffer noticable deterioration so many see as the years
> generally set the size in the body to be 100% and then set my text I set to
> be about 0.8em. But that's just me.
Makes me wonder just how much testing you do. Can you honestly believe
you can fairly test at 640x480 and 1800x1350 and several or all in
between (and at differing DPI values) and never adjust the default? If
you do, I envy your excellent eyesight, but not your naivete'.
"God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."
1 Peter 5:5 NIV
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