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Chapter 1. Flexible Text > Why It's Bulletproof

Why It's Bulletproof

With the hurdles behind us, we're now left with a bulletproof base text size. Instead of declaring font-size in px, as eyeglasses.com and millions of other sites have done, we're using the keyword value small on the <body> element to set the default for the page. By using a keyword, we're ensuring that all browsers and devices (including IE/Win) will be able to override that value, if they so desire.

For people with poor vision, this is essential—and not just for people who are shopping for new eyeglasses, but also for those searching for recipes, purchasing goods online, reading an article, or any other task that's available on the Web. Although this small adjustment will be almost transparent to the everyday user, it will be a large improvement for those now able to take advantage of it.


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