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Subject:Re: Fonts From:"D. Michael McIntyre" <michael -dot- mcintyre -at- rosegardenmusic -dot- com> To:techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com Date:Thu, 15 Mar 2007 08:38:38 -0500
On Thursday 15 March 2007 6:29 am, Sarah Bouchier wrote:
> For online text, Verdana is your friend. It's what it was designed for.
> It's very legible, even at small sizes. The only caveat is that some
> people have their browsers set to override what the page is using, and
> if you display your text at small sizes it might be perfectly legible in
> Verdana but not so hot in whatever font the person on the other end is
On that topic, I wish everyone designing a web page would have a care to make
sure the thing isn't completely wrecked if the user chooses to use larger
fonts than you specified.
I run the point sizes up several notches on everything, and about 75% of the
web is moderately broken, while maybe 25% of is is completely unusable. Text
that doesn't fit into buttons, floating graphical elements that obscure text
that is larger than anticipated, etc. Browsing the web at a size I can read
without strain is annoying.
D. Michael McIntyre
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