[linux-elitists] A modest proposal to web designers of the world (was Re: Site feedback: fonts too small)

Karsten M. Self kmself@ix.netcom.com
Wed May 16 15:48:57 PDT 2001

on Wed, May 16, 2001 at 02:34:05PM -0700, Don Marti (dmarti@zgp.org) wrote:
> begin  Karsten M. Self quotation of Wed, May 16, 2001 at 01:42:37PM -0700:
> > As it's the web designers of the world who are cramming specialized
> > fontsets down our throats, I'd suggest that it be the web designers of
> > the world who research, and publicize generally, how these fonts can be
> > configured for optimal performance on a wide range of platforms.
> <silly-request action="hit self in face with bat while reading this">
> What is your reponse as a human being to the above tag? You ignore it,
> or modify it. I would choose to modify it to read "stick coffee in
> face while reading this" -- but that's just me. Some people don't like
> coffee. I tweak my browser preferences to reduce the effects of silly
> tags in HTML; I configure my proxy to block useless images. Life is
> good.
> There will always be web designers who ask you and your browser to do
> silly things. Free software lets you pay as much attention to these
> requests as you want.
> You control presentation.  The designer does not.  
> </silly-request>
> // put this in $HOME/.mozilla/default/user.js
> // and read http://www.mozilla.org/unix/customizing.html
> // set minimum font sizes
> user_pref("font.min-size.variable.", 10);
> user_pref("font.min-size.variable.x-western", 10);
> user_pref("font.min-size.fixed.x-western", 10);

Thanks.  I don't suppose there's a step size and a max size to boot, is

Karsten M. Self <kmself@ix.netcom.com>    http://kmself.home.netcom.com/
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