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Re: text size vs zoom

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Martin Bazley <[log in to unmask]>

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Museums Computer Group <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 26 Jan 2012 09:07:34 +0000

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>I'm not sure there's an "optimum" font size -- it really depends on
your
>audience of course but it's a case of maximising legibility with
>appropriate font size, line height and measure (number of characters
per
>line). Of course this is easier said than done considering the number
of
>screen sizes and resolutions we need to cater for.

I agree. That's why being able to change text size is so important.
Zooming is not the same at all, though still useful.      

Martin


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-----Original Message-----
From: Museums Computer Group [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
Little, David
Sent: 26 January 2012 09:02
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Subject: Re: text size vs zoom

>Before I play, is there a consensus on the optimum general font size? I
>tend to prefer sans serif fonts, though studies have shown that they
slow
>the reader down a tad compared with serif ones.

I'm not sure there's an "optimum" font size -- it really depends on your
audience of course but it's a case of maximising legibility with
appropriate font size, line height and measure (number of characters per
line). Of course this is easier said than done considering the number of
screen sizes and resolutions we need to cater for.

Personally I'm looking forward to the days when poorly spaced 10pt Arial
flowing on for eternity (Wikipedia and about a million other sites I'm
looking at you) disappears forever. Web typography has come a long way
in
the last couple of years so there's a great deal of information out
there[1] and you can use fonts beyond the standard selection using
services like Typekit, Fontdeck (paid) or Google Web Fonts (free).

[1] http://webtypography.net/ for instance.

David





>
>On 25 Jan 2012, at 16:47, Tony Crockford wrote:
>
>> On Wed Jan 25 2012 16:36:45 Tim Trent wrote:
>>> 
>>> Not sure I have http://dartmouthmuseum right, but I know how to
change
>>>it if I haven't. But we rely on the browser for accessibility
>>>embiggening because, well, I can't do it all myself!! We have added
the
>>>right tags to ensure that mobile devices can zoom without unpleasing
>>>limits. Perfect t is not. But it does get our message across.
>> 
>> I'd comment that 12px body text is a bit small and it took me a while
>>to realise that italicised text was actually a hyperlink.
>> 
>> But then I'm being picky.
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