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

Felix Miata mrmazda at earthlink.net
Sat Mar 30 03:27:28 UTC 2013


--- Comment #4 from Felix Miata <mrmazda at earthlink.net> ---
(In reply to comment #2)
> users favourites are something between 6px and 20px... 

No one's favorite font is 6px, or 7px, or even 8px. The most commonly used
fonts require at least 8px to fully form a glyph. Most font families require a
minimum size of 9px to fully form all available glyphs. On several of my
installations the _minimum_ allowed font size in web pages is 20px.

(In reply to comment #2)
> But it tends to break when you try to do complex layouts in a lot of
> different CMS. And that is the situation with KDE, we have a lot of them,
> and a lot of functionality that needs to be put somewhere, e.g. sidebars,
> horizontal bars, buttons, boxes etc. Now imagine how hard it will get when
> you just try to strike out any font declaration. Bad idea

The worse idea is rude design. 

This excuse is typical of a lazy person with no interest inaccessibility.

> pleasing. This of course removes the choice from the user, but for good
> hopefully.

You're hoping for the impossible. No good can be expected from web page text a
fraction of the user's preference, or half the size or less of the DE's UI
text. It's the user that matters most. Without users there's no reason for a
pages existence. Without legible text, there's little reason for the visitor's
first action on seeing it to be other than clicking the back button or the
tab's close button.

> So, all in all, valid points you raise, the maintenance horror overweighs
> though. This is no screenreader blogpage, this is a set of around a dozen
> different CMS that need to be themed and work properly. 

They don't work properly now. They produce a rude product hard on users. An
appropriate set of CMS themes and a firm policy of respecting users will not
cause maintenance horror.

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