[www.kde.org] [Bug 317553] New: www.kde.org webpages should not set font-size of unstyled body text and should comply with 100% Easy-2-Read Std

Gérard Talbot browserbugs at gtalbot.org
Fri Mar 29 16:54:17 UTC 2013


            Bug ID: 317553
           Summary: www.kde.org webpages should not set font-size of
                    unstyled body text and should comply with 100%
                    Easy-2-Read Std
    Classification: Unclassified
           Product: www.kde.org
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: Ubuntu Packages
               URL: http://www.kde.org/
                OS: Linux
            Status: UNCONFIRMED
          Severity: wishlist
          Priority: NOR
         Component: general
          Assignee: kde-www at kde.org
          Reporter: browserbugs at gtalbot.org

All of www.kde.org webpages should support and comply with the 100% Easy-2-Read

If the website would not [re-]define the font size for unstyled body text and
for headings elements, then the user preferences for unstyled body text (and
then the heading elements proportionality) as set in the browser preferences
would prevail.

This is known to be the most accessible way to set, to style font-size: you
avoid setting it, you avoid styling it and then the preferences of the user
(otherwise the browser defaults) shine. **_The user is perfectly in control
this way._**

No one knows what's my preferred font size for reading normal body text. No one
knows in advance what's the preferred font size for reading normal body text
for this visitor, that visitor, for any visitor. The nice thing is: the web
authors do not need to know that and they can honor individually each visitor's

Right now, the www.kde.org website sets the font-size of <body> and <p> to 10pt
[1] (equivalent to 13px). But what if it's too small for you or too big for
your netbook? ...

A bit more reading...

Doing it right

So what does an author have to do to get it right? Absolutely nothing! Just
avoid specifying a font in CSS for <BODY> or <P> (...)
The Wrong Size Fonts Or why not to over-ride the reader's font size

If you do not specify any font size at all (as on the pages you are reading),
text will appear in the default size that was selected by the user.
Truth & Consequences of Web Design: Font size

Many people never change or customise their browser's settings (preferences).
Browser manufacturers try to ensure that the default settings are reasonable
for everyone but there are obviously difficulties in achieving this.  (...)
This paragraph (and the heading and subheading above) is in your browser's
default font (typeface) and default (base) text size. Web pages often try to
override this size for their body text. The better-designed sites won't do this
Accessible Web design: Syntactic Home page
Setting up your browser
1. Text font and size

#main {
   text-align: justify;
   padding: 10px 35px 0;
   font-size: 10pt;
   line-height: 120%;
   text-shadow: #fff 0 0 3px;
   color: #444;
around line 341

Reproducible: Always

Actual Results:  
Website dictates font-size pretty much everywhere.

Expected Results:  
Let the user control predefined font-size for unstyled body text, headings.
Browser defaults are very often good.
Line-height should also be increased to 1.4 instead of 1.2

The default browser settings for font-size of unstyled body text for all
browsers is 16px (or 12pt).

Original post:
KDE Community forums should comply with 100% Easy-2-Read Std

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