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Chapter Thirteen. Working with Browsers ... > Good Works Undone with a Click

Good Works Undone with a Click

An unknown percentage of Macintosh users, disgusted by text sizes they perceived (not incorrectly) to be huge and ugly, immediately switched their browsers back to the old 12px/72ppi setting, thus defeating the attempt at standardization and placing themselves once again in the position of being unable to read the text on many sites. On the web, the user is supposed to be in charge, and that remains true even if he doesn't realize what is in his best interest.

When these “switch back to 12px” fans happen to be designers, they might produce sites that look great on the Macintosh but appear to suffer from a glandular condition in the dominant Windows space. Many Macintosh-based designers misguidedly use 12px/72ppi, and their work (or their audience) suffers as a result.


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