Browser Rendering: A Website Designer’s Nightmare
Further to my recent template problems I fixed it to a specific font pixel size for my header and sidebar instead of percentage points. I left the body so that readers with sight impairment can still make the fonts larger to read my posts. (In case you haven’t noticed, there is also a podcast option found on the post page to listen instead of reading. Just click on the little speaker icon below the post).
Changing the fonts to a specific pixel size should prevent my template from being blown apart and satisfy at least half of the browser users. Unfortunately Firefox ignores CSS control over fonts in favor of supposedly giving the user full control. In all fairness it does have plugins (extensions) such as Greasemonkey, but it’s not without it’s problems either. If you are viewing this site with Firefox I recommend that you use something similar.
This got me thinking about cross-browser inconsistencies and I’m recommending that programmers follow Opera’s lead which has a sensible zoom feature (dynamic resizing) that zooms the entire website, not just the text - i.e. the text remains in proportion with the site template and won’t break your design. Very nice.
That’s a good compromise for both the designer as well as the reader don’t you think. Is anyone listening out there?
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