[Haskell] Making Haskell more open

Jon Fairbairn Jon.Fairbairn at cl.cam.ac.uk
Mon Nov 14 06:04:12 EST 2005

On 2005-11-14 at 11:13+0100 Wolfgang Jeltsch wrote:
> Maybe I changed Konqueror's font settings already.  The point is that my 
> settings are in such a way that text with the default font size is well 
> readable while not taking up too much space.  The problem is with 
> haskell.org's links.  They have a font size of 80% of the default.  If the 
> default font size satisfies me, 80% of it is too small.  If I change the 
> default size so that 80% of it produces well readable text, the default size 
> itself is too large, IMO.

This sort of thing is a frequent topic among CSS hacks. The
general opinion among the more seasoned ones is that site
designers should /always/ specify that the text size of
normal paragraphs is 100%, exactly for the reason you
give. People with poor eyesight may set the default to be
the smallest they can comfortably read to get more use out
of the screen, and allowing for some difficulty in reading
small print. If a site sets the main body text size smaller
than 100%, it will significantly inconvenience such people
(without giving any benefit to anyone else).

> I wonder why the links have to use a smaller font size
> than ordinary text at all.  This looks especially strange
> if a link occurs as part of a running text.

That just sounds like bad design.
Jón Fairbairn                              Jon.Fairbairn at cl.cam.ac.uk

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