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Avi Rappoport <[log in to unmask]>
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Avi Rappoport <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 13 May 1999 09:05:14 -0700
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At 5:08 PM -0500 5/11/1999, David Gilmore wrote:
>Johan's bob seems like best case design - so Bob can read the given font
>size - so what? The question is not what Bob can do, but how typical is Bob
>of the group we want to reach. And what is the cost of pissing off 72-year
>old Renee who loves the Internet but who wishes designers would respect her
>aging eyesight.

One of the nicest things about the basic design of HTML is that it
was really generic.  If I want to use 12-point Geneva as my browser
font, and you want to use 10-point Times, we can both see what we
want to see.  It solves Bob/Renee problem nicely.  But many designers
don't advantage of this fluidity, they want to have control, to force
the browser to be static, to behave like a piece of paper.  Flexible
design can look good whether it's on a big fancy monitor with nice
fonts, a funky small monitor.

When printing was invented, the first books looked just like
manuscripts.  It took several generations for book designers to
understand and take advantage of the different technologies.  I think
we're in that situation today, and hope that we can design for the
medium rather than trying to constrain it.


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