Wilk4: Font Size Control Question/Discussion

I'd like to get some feedback from other web developers on how you all currently prefer to do font size control. Considering the browser and platform incompatibilities and differences in how CSS font size control is handled, I'm having some problems deciding upon what's the best way to go for now. (acknowledging that as browsers mature, the answer will change)

As a little background to frame the discussion, I've been moving to using CSS to change whole sites over to different font faces/families, but the defaults with either Arial or Verdana look huge.

I'd like to be able to set the default at something smaller via CSS, but every version of every CSS-supporting browser seems to come up with different text sizes. And using a combination of CSS and HTML font size control doesn't work well since it seems that netscape ignores HTML font sizes when CSS font size is spec'd and MSIE seems to ignore CSS font sizes when HTML font sizes are spec'd. It's enough to drive you nuts.

I'd like to still allow the user the flexibility to scale the whole thing up and down using the browser controls if possible and not have it totally crap out for some particular browser or platform... and I'd really prefer not having to use separate style sheets for each browser...

So, what do you use and recommend at this point?

jeff wilkinson

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