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Sizing Fonts

You can use three types of values to size fonts. They are absolute (for example, pixels or inches), relative (for example, percentages or ems), and what I call the sweatshirt keywords (for example, x-small, small, large, and xx-large, among others). All three methods have advantages and disadvantages. Jeffrey Zeldman and other CCS mavens advocate keywords as the least problematic of the three (see A List Apart at www.alistapart.com/articles/sizematters/); but because the keyword method requires some sophisticated CSS to make fonts display at consistent sizes in all browsers and only offers a limited number of font sizes, here, I'm going to have you set font sizes in ems.


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