A few days ago two friends told me the font on my web design site’s top menu was too small. I checked it out tonight and changed it. Apparently my friends both use the highest resolution they can so small fonts become tiny.
This reminded me that using font px values in css files is a mistake. It’s best to use em values. When we use the em values they can be controlled by the browser, and the mouse wheel.
To change font size with the mouse wheel hold down the control-key and turn the wheel one way and then the other. If the page is designed with em values, the font will get larger and smaller depending on which way you turn the wheel. A well-designed site should give this visitor-controlled feature to web surfers.
If you don’t have a mouse wheel, don’t despair. You can do the same thing in Internet Explorer by clicking on “View” at the top of your screen, then “Text Size”. I like to design for the medium text size. Site visitors can go larger or smaller from there.
Another option on most web browsers is to hold down the control key and hit the plus or minus keys to alter text size. When you’re working with web design clients, this is something you might mention to them, since many clients are not very web savvy, otherwise they would not be looking for help with their web design projects. Be sure to help them in every way possible so they’ll know you’re a web designer who is knowledgeable and who cares.