Default vs. Pixel size for Text

I generally use the Extra Background Action on the sites I design to make pages with a well defined bottom border. They look great unless someone has their font size set too large, then the text runs off of the bottom of the page.

So, I’m looking for advise. In these cases would I be better off using a defined pixel size as opposed to default or smaller sizes? Would this approach make for a more reliable appearance for my sites? If I used a defined pixel size do I need to make special allowances for Windows machines regarding displayed font size?

What are the cons of using a fixed pixel size?

Any feedback will be appreciated. Thanks


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As far as I know, modern browsers will re-size text defined in pixels just as they will re-size text defined in default/smaller/larger sizes. Certainly this happens in Safari and Firefox. So defining text in pixel sizes won’t get rid of the problem. If you want to make sites that will still look good when the user uses a large font size setting, you’ll need to look at ways of making borders that expand when the text size increases.


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So, I’m looking for advise. In these cases would I be better off using a defined pixel size as opposed to default or smaller sizes? Would this approach make for a more reliable appearance for my sites? If I used a defined pixel size do I need to make special allowances for Windows machines regarding displayed font size?

Internet Explorer 6 and earlier won’t resize pixels but IE7 and any
other current browser will.


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Exactly, and if you’re concerned about this then using relative font units will remedy the IE 6 and earlier problem, albeit with a small loss of precision for the designer but you gain in greater accessibility.

Todd

On Apr 1, 2008, at 4:27 PM, Roger Houghton wrote:

Internet Explorer 6 and earlier won’t resize pixels but IE7 and any other current browser will.

If I used a defined pixel size do I need to make special allowances
for Windows machines regarding displayed font size?

Internet Explorer 6 and earlier won’t resize pixels but IE7 and any
other current browser will.

But it does still provide greater relative precision. And no, you
won’t need to make special allowances.

k


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On 01/04/2008, Todd email@hidden wrote:

Exactly, and if you’re concerned about this then using relative font units
will remedy the IE 6 and earlier problem, albeit with a small loss of
precision for the designer but you gain in greater accessibility.

Possibly anyone who has that sort of issue will have already have had
enough problems with IE6 to persuade them to switch browser.


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