Keith, over at Asterisk* asked the interesting question of the usefulness of font-size widgets. Those little things you can use to adjust the font size of your web page.
I have always thought that "font size widgets" was a crazy designer idea - of which nobody really has any use for.
The reasons are many:
Some might say "my site is already made with relative font sizes - it is just an extra feature". True, but it still does not work. If a font-size widget could alter the overall browser setting, then it would be useful.
What we really need, and what I think would work, is a guideline for displaying content - a visual specification - which basically states that, by default, body text should be this size, h1 should be that size, h2 should be this etc.
Base size = 11pt
And, we would have a validator to check if our site is adhering to these specifications.
Ideally, this would be incorporated as a standard into future browsers - so that setting font-sizes at all would be a thing of the past.
Just the same as we have all agreed on making sites according to the XHTML/CSS specification, we should also agree on a visual specification - and for all the same reason. We use XHTML to make our sites better in terms of accessibility, structure, ease of use, and speed. We should apply a visual specification to make our sites better in terms of accessibility, speed, ease of use, and content.
We have gone a long way from non-structured markup - to structured markup. Now we need move above the "surface" and make our visual representation consistent too.
PS: I can already hear the roar from the design community :)
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