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Cut Steve's Blatherings

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

A Request For Help

      Tech help, not medical.

      Can anyone tell me of a browser other than Internet Explorer 6.1 that will allow you to adjust font sizes?

      In their relentless war against Microsoft, a lot of web page designers have found a way to specify the type size you see on a screen, irrespective of the type size you request.

      This can be overcome in IE.  "Tools | Options | Accessibility (and isn't that confusingly labeled!) | Ignore font sizes specified on web pages" will allow you to change the font, but the Microsoft haters have managed to arrange that the page will be screwed up in other ways.

      There's a time to fight, and a time to fold.  Better browsers?



  • First of all, your comment page does not display properly in Firefox. This should be of interest to you, because Firefox is the answer to your question. Firefox not only allows you to set your default font size, it also allows you to set the minimum font size. You can also adjust the font size by pressing ctrl-plus, ctrl-minus and ctrl-zero. Finally, there is at least one extension that will allow you to adjust font size with your mouse's scrollwheel. I know this because this is how I adjust font sizes. For more details, contact me at gmail, under the appellation of edhume.


    By Blogger Ed Hume, at 5:53 PM  

  • Mt. Hume's advice about Firefox jibes with my experience. There used to be an extension that defaulted a percentage increase in font size, but changes in version 1.0 broke it and I haven't found a new version.

    Mozilla has also had this font-scaling funcion for some time.

    There are some sites, including Dr. Pournelle's, that occasionally have issues with this, but it usually works.

    By Blogger Jim Habley, at 7:36 PM  

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