[Pro] Text Size Changing

Has anybody had the problem where the text size changes on websites made in Freeway? When I view pages on my Mac, the pages look perfect, but when I view them on a PC, the text on a lot of the pages seems to expand beyond a frame I have created. Any ideas?

Here is a sample page, looks fine with Safari or Firefox on a Mac, but the text enlarges with Firefox on a PC:

http://studio18design.com/About%20Us/firm.html


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i think you will find this with most any program you use. . .i know i have. basically, browsers for mac and windows differ a bit. you also have settings that can be altered by the user in certain browsers. both of these things will alter the appearance of your site. one of the things i do is test my sites across a wide array of browsers and systems. sometimes i am forced to compromise to achieve a perfect harmony on all the major options, but the more you design the more you can predict the outcomes for given setups. IE on windows usually gives the greatest headaches, but those too can be overcome!


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The problem with your site is that it uses fonts that some people might not have. You use a font called: Eurostile and although most Mac’s have that, I’m not 100% sure every PC does. You’re going to want to use fonts that are on the same computer you use and the rest of the world uses. These ‘safe’ fonts are:

arial, arial black, comic sans ms, courier, courier new, georgia, helvetica, impact, palatino, times new roman, trebuchet ms, verdana

Now there are some alternatives in using special fonts, you’d want to take a look at Paul’s action called Caxton and there’s also SIFR and what not. However, the font will show up if you use either route, but you’ll be fighting line spacing (line-height) on different browsers and I’m not sure that they can be ‘enlarged’ correctly.

Also things I noticed on the site is that you use spaces inbetween your folders. You notice in the URL that a %20 is there and that isn’t a very clean URL. To correct that you’d want to add a dash or underscore to your folders in your FW document so your site URL would read:

http://www.example.com/about-us or http://www.example.com/about_us

I also went through the site and was impressed with your work. I took an architecture class in college that I really enjoyed until I found out how much they make in this area. Then it wasn’t so much fun.


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The text expands also beyond that frame when I enlarge the size. I understand that you do not want to destroy the lay-out, it’s a nice clean site. But, web is not print. One has a limited control on how your visitors see, or even manipulate the content. Two solutions. 1) Make the box flexible. This destroys the layout, but text stays always inside the lines. 2) Change the present layout, so that a flexible box does not matter anymore. (And third solution… use GIF, not recommended, because searchengines have nothing to rsearch for).


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Sometime around 2/12/09 (at 03:48 -0500) Dan J said:

there are some alternatives in using special fonts, you’d want to
take a look at Paul’s action called Caxton and there’s also SIFR and
what not.

I’d just like to jump in here and say that Paul’s Caxton action is
stunning. I’ve recently used it to play with designing a WebYep
template for a print layout page. You can see the result here:
http://www.ma-publishing.com/speakers/layout.php?WEBYEP_DI=7

Yes, the image is HUGELY pixellated. We only ever get low-res speaker
photos for these, so I’ve made a feature of that. This uses the CSS
clip property to crop the image to the right width - it scales to the
predefined height.

If you print this it will fit an A4 page rather well - and this is
used to generate the notice board flyers to announce each speaker.

Anyway - Paul’s Caxton action meant I could try out fonts that suit
printed output more. This is a work in progress, but the technical
issues of font usage have been nailed well for this!

(BTW Dan, Comic Sans may technically be a web-safe font, but it
certainly isn’t taste-safe! :wink:

k


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I agree Keith, it’s a web-safe font but not my first choice or really any of my choices.

I also HUGELY enjoy the pixellated speaker image. I get those often and people just tell me to ‘make it bigger’ and that’s what I usually give them.


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