Joi Ito's conversation with the living web.

In my entry about style, Cory commented on the difficulty of reading tiny grey fonts. I've gotten a lot of this kind of feedback. So... I just changed the style sheet. I made the fonts all default size and black. Tell me what you think. Actually, on most browsers, if you do a command-"-" and reduce the size of the fonts, it looks like it used to. Now it is a bit more flexible on the browsers that don't let you resize fonts defined absolutely in the style sheet. On the other hand, it looks a bit more childish in defalut mode. Your feedback would be greatly appreciated. (I wish there was a polling feature in MT. Does anyone know of a polling feature that I can use on my site in situations like this?)

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Did you also change the typeface? Even at smaller sizes, it still looks different than it did.

I'd suggest going with relative sizes in your CSS (font-size: x-small), and increasing the line-height (use % values, so it works regardless of font size).

Much better, thank you.

I like this font much better. A lot easier to read.

Now I'm politically correct, but a bit uglier... I did make the line-height 140% and I think it looks better with the extra white space. Thanks Liz.

I couldn't access micropoll. I'll try later. I'd like to get some feedback. Now the biggest question is, do I have the big fonts the default and let people drop the size down to view in "MT cool-mode" or do I make smaller fonts the default, but keep them relative so that people can resize them more easily... hmm... I'll keep it this way for now until I get the poll thing running. Unless I change my mind. ;-p

I use Advanced Poll with MT:

http://www.proxy2.de/poll/index.php

It requires a PHP installation, but MySQL is not required.

Example:

http://www.birdhouse.org/blog/archives/000646.php

It doesn't look quite as sexy, but it's soooo much easier to read. Thumbs up :)

This is much much easier to read. Much better. If I go to a site/blog with tiny fonts, I just click away. Lazy? Maybe, but I can't be bothered to mess around with browser setting to read something for entertainment/interest.
Thanks.

If it's not easy to read, I won't read it: I read your blog for fun. Keep it big.

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