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Old Feb 25th, 2009, 06:44 PM   #1
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Websites that don't handle larger font sizes well

I don't have the greatest vision in the world so I view the web with an increased font size. Some sites are terrible some are just poor in the menu areas etc.

Is this because of how they coded the site?
Even the Toronto Star has some issues as do our new friends at Macworld Canada. Firefox deals with it differently but I like Webkit.

These two Macworld samples are at an larger than normal point size to show the effect more clearly.
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Old Feb 25th, 2009, 06:55 PM   #2
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Hey Malco, Safari 4 Beta will interest you. There is a new zoom feature built in that will zoom the page bigger and keep the same format rather than just zooming the text.
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Old Feb 25th, 2009, 07:25 PM   #3
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Now see, I wouldn't have known about this because my vision is still reasonably good. Thanks for this, it will be HUGE good news to my older clients!
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This was my first time back since installing Safari 4 beta.
But a good tip none the less.

It turned out it wasn't the larger point size, it was the "Universal Access: Never use font sizes smaller than (I had it set to 16)".
Once I turned that off everything was fine.
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Old Feb 26th, 2009, 01:48 AM   #5
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Firefox can zoom as well. You are better off zooming then cranking up the font size as we don't usually support larger fonts when coding.
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" ... It turned out it wasn't the larger point size, it was the "Universal Access: Never use font sizes smaller than (I had it set to 16)". ..."

Most sites would start to choke at 10. That setting is too high for most webpages. I think, with the mandatory re-encoding that Internet Explorer 8 will bring it might get worse as far as font size goes, not better.

However, it doesn't change the fundamental problem. Digital has spawned the tiny font size, and with that there are issues. It's not so bad on the web in comparison to packaged products. 6 and 4-point are common on many products today. The new trend of dual-layer labels, with grey type on silvery-white plastic, isn't a welcome improvement, in my opinion.

In the bad old days, someone had to set that type. That meant assembling the letters and spaces with tweezers if necessary. But, there was at least a physical limit as to how low you could go; if nothing else, it took more time, the type itself wore out quickly and inked poorly, and there were deadlines.

6-point type was almost unheard of anywhere; people would joke about it when it first began to appear on insurance contracts.

I still have very good near sight vision but most people begin to have problems with near vision sometime during their 40's, and that is normal.

Safari's 4 zoom feature is a neat, practical response to six point articles in yellow, green and red, on black. But, in the real world it's not going to help much.
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