If you do, you can thank subscriber Ken Kennedy for his inputs into making Terry’s Computer Tips easier to read…
This week, I "conversed" with Ken, who was having problems with font sizes on my Terry’s Computer Tips web site. He was using the Firefox web browser, as I do, and was changing his font size in Firefox. This was giving some problems…
I am sure that many of your readers (especially myself) use Firefox instead of IE. However, I have noticed a small aggravation while using FF at your site. When I zoom in (old eye syndrome) to better read the text, some of the text from adjoining areas superimposes itself. This doesn’t happen in IE. Thought you’d like to know.
Thanks for writing, Ken. I hate to say it, since Firefox is my favorite browser, too, but that’s a bug in Firefox’s handling of Cascading Style Sheets.
Firefox properly wraps around floated DIV’s at the default page setting, but if you Zoom or change font sizes, Firefox does not properly recalculate where to wrap around DIVs. Bummer. Similarly, if you install the ImageZoom extension, you will destroy the layout of pages when you zoom. [Note: “DIV” is an HTML tag that is used to create sections with specific properties, such as location, font-size and color.]
IE does ok, probably because it allows only a very narrow range of font sizes.
About 31% of my visitors (counting me) use Firefox (versions 0.9.2 through 2.0beta), as opposed to the average of 12%, while 59% use IE (IE4.0 through IE7.0beta). Even a few using the old Firebird predecessor to Firefox.
A couple hours after my initial response to Ken, I wrote again to him to say that I had increased the font size on my sites:
If you think the font’s were small for you, try looking at them on a
1600×1050 resolution screen that is 15.4″ diagonal — they get pretty
darned small. I can hardly stand to look at web pages on my 19″ CRT
at 1280x(something or other) because the fonts are so big.
Ken happily responded:
I just checked both pages out, and there’s a definite improvement. There was no overlapping until I enlarged the fonts way beyond that required. Thank you for helping out this old semi-geek. BTW, I wear my old (weaker) reading glasses while working the computer. This is a huge improvement on having to tip my head back, then lean forward to use the reading portion of my bifocals. Looking through the top of the bifocals is just not an option.
Thanx to you and other “gurus”, I’ve learned a lot about these
earth-changing machines, and now do (unpaid) work around the neighbourhood, keeping others’ machines functional. (It’s nice to be retired). How did we function, before the Internet?
I found your 31% statistic about Firefox interesting. Presumably, your visitors on average are techier than the average user, so it appears that “those in the know” have abandoned IE. (Altho’ I had to use it today to upload photos to a processing site).