Font Size Selection

Over in the right hand of the screen, you will now see an option with a small a and a big A that you can use to adjust your font size for visiting this site.

Yes, I know, it only changes the font in the main column, not in the sidebar.

This should make life easier for folks using IE where, depending on their setup, they may get teeny-weeny characters until they adjust the font size manually.

3 thoughts on “Font Size Selection

  1. For anyone interested in adjusting the font size in web pages, I would highly recommend using the “Firefox” browser. If you have a mouse with a scroll-wheel you can hold down the control key and dial the font size up or down for every font in the page at once. You can substitute the “+” and “-” keys for the wheel also. Each original font size increases independently so that everything stays in proportion. If you stay in the same browsing window or tab then the size change stays in effect for any links followed. (Opening a link in a new window or tab reverts to the default sizes.)

    Firefox is a great overall browser and certainly worth exploring if any of you haven’t tried it yet. Also, because its not integrated into the core of Windows, Firefox will help protect your system from a lot of the attacks floating around the net these days that specifically target Internet Explorer. It’s free, it’s secure and it works.

    Steve: Alas, folks who host web sites know all too well that the world runs on Internet Explorer complete with its limitations and problems. Particularly in a business/commercial environment, readers don’t have the luxury of tinkering with their workstations.


  2. As you aren’t using the px unit to size text, all browsers, including the worst browser in common use, IE6, can already resize your text. People have to learn their own browser commands, *especially* people who don’t even know there’s such a thing as a browser or don’t know how badly off they are by using IE6. Text-resizing in IE6 is a simple menu option (and a matter or pressing Ctrl- or Command-plus and -minus in every other browser).

    (Fun fact: Even after TTC carries out its planned internal system upgrades, 1997 will live again as IE6 remains the one and only browser.)

    Steve: It was a simple plugin to add, and it saves having to answer emails complaining about text size. An annoying problem with IE text sizing is that the menu option is not reliably “sticky”.


  3. Aren’t people in a business/commercial environment generally forbidden from using the internet for things not directly related to their job? In my workplace I can be fired simply for touching one of the few computers that allows internet access. Just curious how many people actually need access to your Blog to perform their work functions. (And how many of these people having trouble with text size are the same bunch that refer to web searches as “Googling” and can’t end a sentence without “LOL”????)

    Steve: At the risk of making this blog seem of greater cosmic importance than it really is, there is a lot of material here of interest to planners, the media and politicians, to name a few, as there is on other sites like spacing, Transit Toronto, etc. Reviewing these sites on a regular basis could be considered an integral part of “work” for many people.

    More to the point, just because someone is physically at work does not mean that they are “working”. They could be on lunch break. In the old days they read the newspaper. Some people might think that this gives the wrong impression in an office environment, and so they buggered off to the cafeteria or a local coffee shop. Out of sight, out of mind.

    If a company has a problem with employees not doing their jobs, don’t expect the IT gurus to act as policemen.


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