00546: PmWiki default skin - Scalable fonts

Summary: PmWiki default skin - Scalable fonts
Created: 2005-09-28 12:39
Status: Closed - added in the core responsive skin
Category: Feature
From: Henning
Priority: 5543
Version: 2.0.6
OS: Linux/Apache 2

Description: I'd like to suggest improving PmWiki's web accessibility (for handicapped users) by re-enabling scalable fonts.

Of course, many browsers can scale entire web pages regardless of the CSS definitions, but the widely-used MS Internet Explorer fails in that regard.

Not terribly important, but very easy to solve :-) --Henning September 28, 2005, at 12:39 PM

I just found the W3C reference on this. Here it is ... --Henning November 22, 2005, at 06:37 AM

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0
W3C Recommendation 5-May-1999
Guideline 3. Use markup and style sheets and do so properly.
3.4 Use relative rather than absolute units in markup language attribute values and style sheet property values. [Priority 2]

(Just for grins: When I suggested the use of user-scalable fonts to our mother company's intranet team, they told me "Fixed fonts are fine because we have optimized for 800 by 600 resolution.")

Link for reference : CSS Font-Size: em vs. px vs. pt vs. percent --Petko

I replace px with em everytime I start adapting the default skin for my needs; changing the default would be good indeed. I could provide a "proof of concept" - would it be useful? --Rogutės, 2010-02-04

It will indeed be very welcome. --Petko February 04, 2010, at 06:05 AM

I'm closing this because changing the old "pmwiki" skin made it look differently in Chrome and Firefox (while it looked the same before) and was not well received by Pm and the community. The new PmWiki-responsive core skin only uses the new "reference pixel" sizes which are correctly scaled in most browsers. If for some reason you must support MSIE6 and earlier, please create a custom skin. --Petko December 29, 2019, at 07:42 AM