Yesterday’s Thoughts

November 13, 2005

Minimum Font Size in Firefox

Dave Winer has an idea for Firefox:

Failing that how about a setting that tells the browser to ignore what the site says about font size and always display text in the font and size I tell it to. Basically the web is and has been broken forever. Maybe one of these decades we’ll get around to fixing it. Failing that how about a setting that tells the browser to ignore what the site says about font size and always display text in the font and size I tell it to. Basically the web is and has been broken forever. Maybe one of these decades we’ll get around to fixing it.

In Firefox, you can set your minimun font size:

Content -> Fonts & Colors (Advanced) -> Minumum Font Size

On that same screen, you can set the fonts and sizes to override those of the web site author by setting them and unchecking the “Allow pages to choose their own fonts” box.

This has been around since the Netscape days I think, but the interface is confusing. The mimumum font size selector is above the “Allow pages to choose their own fonts” box, so it appears that setting a minimum size would have no effect if the box were checked, but it does.

Here are some examples:

Scripting News with Minimum Font Size 16 points:

scriptingnews16pt.png

Scripting News with Minimum Font Size 22 points:

scriptingnews22pt.png

Firefox Fonts Advanced Preferences:

firefoxfontpreferences.png

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