Huge fixed-width fonts on web mailing list archive

Giorgos Keramidas keramida at
Fri Nov 4 07:18:38 PST 2005

On 2005-11-04 15:54, Marc Fonvieille <blackend at> wrote:
>On Fri, Nov 04, 2005 at 04:49:21PM +0200, Giorgos Keramidas wrote:
>>> Hmmm I think <tt></tt> should deserve the same treatment :)
>> Yes.  There's no reason why typewriter or preformatted text would
>> have a gratuitous size increase.  I'm not sure why it was there
>> in the first place, but it's ok to remove it
> Maybe it was there to "emphasis" some commands and such.
> As example look at

We can use <strong> or even colors when emphasis is needed (I'd prefer
<strong>, because it also works for people with color-seeing
disabilities).  It's not necessary to play around with the font size.

I'm _extremely_ picky about font size issues.  Neither bigger than my
preferred size in the browser settings, nor smaller, is a good thing
in my opinion.

One of the most annoying things on many sites, even sites of important
organizations like Princeton University Press[1], is a forced font
size of 90% or smaller.  When I bump on pages that use such tricks to
enforce *THEIR* preference over mine, I tend to hit «back» very fast,
cursing the web designer.  Similarly when an absurdly big font size is
pushed down my throat, despite my carefully chosen browser
preferences, that are meant to be comfortable to *ME* and not the
Random Joe Designer.

That's not something I'd like people to do when they hit our site.

So, many thanks for fixing this :)


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