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Size Matters

Windows, UNIX, and Macintosh come with different installed fonts, at different default resolutions, and often with different default rendering styles—from pixellated to gently antialiased (as in Mac OS 9) to type so smooth that it borders on Photoshop text (as in Mac OS X Jaguar by default, and Windows XP with Cleartype—but only if the user turns on the Cleartype option). The old <font size=3> thus means something different among operating systems, not only in size but also in appearance. Sadly, most CSS font-sizing methods also result in different sizes from one operating system to the next, despite efforts by leading browser makers to reduce or eliminate cross-browser problems by establishing a standard default font size.


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