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Re: Any official clarification on Text-only zoom and RWD?

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From: Alastair Campbell
Date: Feb 25, 2016 7:59AM


It is a good point about large images getting blurry, but I guess that on
balance having readable text without horizontal scrolling is more important?

Perhaps in future things like picture/srcset could keep the images clear
even when zooming.

> However I also discovered that unless the website is a single column, and
a single column only, enlarging only the text but not the containers
fails, hard and early, once you are dealing with a language that doesn't
have all the short simple words English has.

I guess that's why you "used to" use text-sizing rather than zoom, and I
guess you now use zoom primarily?



> Also, I've run across this and the issue he shows as a demo hits again
> languages with long words pretty quickly:
> https://vasilis.nl/nerd/using-pixels-polite/
>

Interesting, I had thought that your browser settings would over-ride the
pixel units anyway, I wonder if something else happens on codepen? I"ll
investigate if I get time.

As a user, an RWD site + zoom should be more reliable as it is less
dependant on the quirks of a particular developer using consistent units.
As zoom works by increasing the size of CSS pixels, and all the sizing
units are calculated to CSS pixels anyway, they all expand together.

Thanks,

-Alastair