I don't know if this is the right place for this question but I was wondering what peoples opinion are on text size. My issue is that I want to pack a lot of info on the front page of my site. I really need to...and I'm wondering what the smallest size font would be that I could get away with and not loose people because they cannot see it. I usually define font size by pt.
links to articles or research on the subject
would be great too.
A good primer from Apple's developer pages:
Gallery pages comparing web font sizes on both MacOS and Windows:
thanks for the links. They were extremely helpful.
What's wrong with scrolling? If you need to put so much text that it needs scrolling, so be it. Making it smaller to fit the page is mucho bad. I can tell you, if I have to move up to the screen to read stuff, I don't read it at all, it's as simple as that.
I really don't have anything against scrolling. That wasn't the point of my question. I just wanted to try to get the most out the the immediate viewing area without straining the readers eyes. Thats all.
I have reviewed academic research on this subject and some the research I've seen supports what you are saying. Readers really don't care about scrolling as long as they are interested in the content.
I normally use a text size of 8pt (Verdana). For headings I use 9-10pt (Bold Verdana).
Use em. The importance of this can't be said enough.
Em sizes render the same on all browsers/platforms, and they scale when the user increases or decreases the font size in their browser settings.
I prefer .8em or .9em for normal text, and anything from 1 to 1.5em for headings, depending on the look. I also use a lot of Verdana on personal/freelance sites (we've standardized on Arial 10pt. at work), and I've started using Trebuchet MS for headings (don't worry I use backup fonts as well!).