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


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.