I'm trying to do a site using keywords and the voice family hack. I have a
client who really wants their pages to look like 10 points, and want it to
look the same in different versions of internet explorer on Windows - mainly
6 and 5.5, which are what their users are mostly on. I've been trying to get
them to use bigger fonts for 2 years but at least if I can get the base font
the same in standards-compliant and non-standards-compliant browsers and
have them resizable, I guess that will have to do. Last year I made the body
font 70% and the p, tables, etc 1em. I tried to get them to use at least 80%
but was unsuccessful. They wanted to use keywords but wanted to have
xx-small as the font size for text, and it came out really tiny in
standards-compliant browsers. So if I'm going to use keywords I think I have
to use the voice family hack.
There are lots of data tables in these documents, and they contain lists and
I think I might be making a mistake in the way I'm applying the voice family
I also want it to look good in mozilla etc but I don't think it will matter
if it looks bigger in other browsers since ie on windows is what they are
most concerned about.
So I've done a test site at
When I first opened it in ie 5.5 and 6, it came up in Times New Roman - is
that because I'd been going to print preview and that's what I set in the
print stylesheet? I had to go into the browser settings and change them to
The font sizes aren't working too well in print preview and I don't know how
I should handle that.
I'm probably confusing things by having the alternate stylesheets in there
too (I'm half way through trying to apply the alternate stylesheets and then
I want to style the navigation list).
Some of the other font sizes seem to be working better in mozilla than in
ie6. For example, links, list items and table headings.
There are several stylesheets:
They are all in the same directory as the html file.
Is this hack likely to cause a problem in the future (eg with devices that
use aural stylesheets, or with new browsers) or will it only affect ie5? I
know it won't validate because it's using voice-family in a screen
stylesheet. I just want to know if these documents will be broken 10 years
from now - that would be bad because they're annual reports. I don't want to
use quirks mode for the same reason.
Any comments appreciated.
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