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Re: Font Resizers (WAS RE: back to top)


From: Jens Meiert
Date: Jan 13, 2006 5:15AM

> > The talk was about widgets that allow you to change the font size
> > in the web page vs. using the browser controls, not a different font
> > size version.
> No, it's not vs., it's in addition to. There is no conflict in having
> both, it isn't a zero-sum game, it's about providing an alternative in
> case it's needed.

Duplicating common user agent functionality should be considered a taboo
(and that is quite a non-controversial rule when it comes to Web Usability).
Why? Like already stated, it is redundant, and thus unnecessarily clutters
pages and irritates users. The argument that such a widget /might/ help
/some/ user does not outweigh these disadvantages, and consequently, it is
just futile.

Jens Meiert
Information Architect


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