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Re: text only zoom


From: Alastair Campbell
Date: Jun 20, 2016 10:02AM

Chaals McCathie Nevile wrote:

> I'd definitely urge everybody to put the focus on responsive design.
> Right…

Definitely, and at last!

Responsive design that doesn't consider text-only zoom seems to be a bit
> broken still.

I'm not entirely clear what you mean here. It is very hard to do both, as
only RWD really gives you options for changing the layout when expanding.

With text-sizing it meant having buffers around text, but you need media
queries (or some very funky floats) to change the interface without RWD.

The only good examples I know of RWD sites that also handle text-sizing are
ones where it is made equivalent. For example (and from a quick look),
theguardian.com sizes everything in EMs, so zoom and text-sizing are the

Does that help? In that case there is effectively no text-only sizing, as
images and layout also scale with text size.

Is text-only zoom really dead? I might be on a limb, but I'm not inclined
> to write it off.

The only reason (use-case) I've heard to use text-sizing in the context of
responsive design is _mallory's, where large blurry images are difficult to
deal with. Are there others?

To me, the solution for large blurry images would be to keep them sharp.
The picture element [1] seems to have good support now [2], perhaps we can
push for zoomed image to use the higher resolution versions?


1] http://www.html5rocks.com/en/tutorials/responsive/picture-element/
2] http://caniuse.com/#feat=picture