On 08 Dec 2003, Patrick Griffiths wrote:
>A design of mine using ems to define the size of text and also the
>dimensions of the layout has been used in the CSS Zen Garden.
Although my design didn't make it onto the "Official" list. It is,
however, listed under Conceptual Designs as "Illuminatus".
>The issues of the resulting 'full page zoom' have been discussed by
>the likes of Simon Willison (
>http://simon.incutio.com/archive/2003/11/09/fullPageZoom ) and this
>design hopefully goes one step further in demonstrating that this
>elastic method of design is a viable one.
As someone with a strong interest in accessible design, I remain
convinced that elastic designs are really the only way to go.
>I'm interested to know what other people think, not only of this CSS
>design, but of using ems and percentages for elastic design in
Unless you're fixated on attempting to ensure that a design looks
*exactly* the same in every browser, I don't see a need to used fixed
fonts and/or sizes. I prefer to concentrate in trying to ensure that a
design looks good in every browser and am happy to ignore differences
as long as the resulting pages remain accessible and gnerally pleasing
to the eye. Using ems and percentages means that final control remains
with the user and not the designer - a concept I find less troubling,
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