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Scott Nelson <[log in to unmask]>
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Scott Nelson <[log in to unmask]>
Sat, 18 Jun 2005 11:43:50 -0700
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On Jun 17.2005, at 14:07, Van Laan, Krista wrote:

> What are people doing as far as allowing font size adjustments on
> browser-based applications/portals?

font size should be adjustable, although perhaps not infinitely so.  
it seems only resonable to provide a small / medium / large mix in  
applications that are attempting to appeal to an audience of  
sufficient size. infinite adjustability is no truly realistic.

> While necessary for accessibility and baby-boomer customers, I am not
> sure whether companies are considering this, since it can wreck a
> carefully laid out design.

i'd agree with the the other poster's contention that this would not  
represent a "carefully laid out design" *IF* the requirement to allow  
for scalable font sizes was specified in the design briefing.

for a particularly horrible example of scalable type, check Canada's  
Globe and Mail (

though it pains me to say so, i consider the globe's web site to be a  
pale and pathetic attempt by Canada's national newspaper.

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