At 20:18 98/05/24 +0200, Jacob Palme wrote:
<excerpt>At 01.36 +0200 98-05-23, Martin J. Duerst wrote:
> Here is something that this group is probably best suited to address.
> I recently get mail that shows up extremely small in my MUA (Eudora
> Pro for Win95). The sender seems to have set the default to something
> like <<FONT SIZE=2>. This is a relative setting. I'm very sure the
> author is not seeing it as small as I do, it's really SMALL PRINT.
> One problem seems to be that the "usual size" in web pages and in
> MUAs is somewhat different, and that there are different ideas of
> how to account for these differences.
Many thanks for your answer. Sorry to be late with mine.
<excerpt>I have set my e-mail software (Eudora) to have Monaco 12 pt
as the normal font, all other fonts above are then sized
relative to this setting.
<bold><fontfamily><param>Times</param><bigger>Excerpts from the HTML 3.2
sets the font size for the contents of the font
element. You can set size to an integer ranging from 1 to 7
for an absolute font size, or specify a relative font size
with a signed integer value, e.g. size="+1" or size="-2".
This is mapped to an absolute font size by adding the
current base font size as set by the BASEFONT element (see
set the base font size. BASEFONT is an empty
element so the end tag is forbidden. The SIZE attribute is
an integer value ranging from 1 to 7. The base font size
applies to the normal and preformatted text but not to
headings, except where these are modified using the FONT
element with a relative font size.
I don't exactly understand what you wanted to say with these
quotations. As a W3C team member and one of the contributors
to HTML 4.0, I'm familiar enough with these specifications.
What I wanted to express in my mail (and probably didn't do
well enough) is that these specifications are not enough, that
most probably some implementor advice is needed, because there
seem to be different practices for the size of the "normal font"
for mailers and browsers, and this leads to interoperability
problems between users that use separate tools for mailing and
browsing and users that use the same tool for these activities.
I think that one potential solution would be to have different
"normal sizes" for mail and browsing even in combined tools.
Using size="-1" or so to achieve this is current practice, but
has problems with interoperability.