For information to all in this house, I am running a Mac G4, MOS 9.2.2, and Netscape
4.79 . I have increased the font size several times and that does not help with the
tiny font size in those sites to which I referred. It seems to change the normal font
to Bold, but the font size itself does not get any larger AFAICT. I have decided to
just live with it and order from those sites which I can clearly read. I appreciate
all of your comments.
Many sites specify fixed font sizes, mainly because the site designers
are idiots. Some sites have broken DTD's which cause modern gecko-derived
engines to display very small fonts. Netscape 4.79 is very old and has
little support for overriding font sizes. I'd recommend you used a gecko-based
engine on your Mac system (Mozilla, Firefox) or use Safari. Current Mozilla
engines have a "minimum font size" setting that will be unconditionally honored
no matter how the HTML is coded on the site.
I also hate sites that force you to read their idea of a perfect font size.
If you are running high resolution, it comes out microscopic. Some of these
site are major corporations that don't have knowledgeable designers creating
their sites but delegate it to amateurs that think everyone is viewing their
site on their type of equipment.
Along with fixed fonts, I also hate poor site designers that give you a menu
of half a dozen choices, where it matters not which one you click, you get
basically the same information formatted in a different manner.
djb, I LIKE Netscape 4.79 and MOS 9.2.2. I absolutely dislike MOS 10X like the
plague. Yes, I am outdated. But some of us are just that way and will remain so.
Did you contribute anything helpful on font size, or did I miss something important
in your reply?
Dave Balderstone wrote:
My point, which I apparently didn't make successfully, was that running
very old web software sometimes means that sites don't work\ as you
would like them to. Hidden in that point (so it was only inferred, and
subtly inferred at that) is that perhaps you should RTFM, STFW and at
least *LOOK* at the preference settings for the web browser you "LIKE".
So, my apologies for not being clear.
To avoid this situation I shall be sure to never offer you an opinion
or assistance into the future.
I shall certainly never offer (and deliver) help via email to you again.
No good deed goes unpunished, I guess.
Dave, I had no call to speak to you the way I did. I am sorry. I hope to welcome your
comments in the future if you care to offer them. I know full well that I am running
outdated software, but that is my choice. I will just live with the consequences of
that. I just hate MOS X.
Dave Balderstone wrote:
I've tried them all, but IMNSHO Netscape 4.7 is still the best
for reading email.
I did finally go to Mozilla for websites, because too many were
hanging up my computer using 4.7.
I use Gravity for newsgroups.
And I'm still running Windows 95 because I haven't had the time
to get Linux running again.
BTW, along with font size and strange color combinations, one of
my pet peeves are the sites that want to play music or strange
sounds for you. Of course, the music has nothing to do with the
subject matter, the site builder just thought it'd be "neat".
My speakers are normally turned off :-).
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