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    Small or Regular Fonts?

    Quick question, the two sites of mine below are nearly identical (although at slightly different stages in development). I am trying to decide if I should go with small fonts or regular sized fonts. Here's the comparison:

    Small: http://www.hoopsavenue.com
    Regular: http://www.baseballavenue.com

    Thanks.

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    Go with fonts that a user can choose to resize (not a fixed size), and a layout that will not break if the user makes the font size bigger

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    I generally like 10px as a designer. for accessibility, definitely not.
    I would most prefer the font-size: small;
    which is generally around 10-12 pixels...well, probably 12, but it really depends on the users preferences, that's why it's great

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    As Will pointed out you really ought to be using a scaleable font size which is ems.

    Code:
    .bodyCopy {
    	font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
    	font-size: 0.8em;
    	line-height: 1.4em;
    	color: #000000;
    }
    This is approx the same as Arial 12px.

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    phil,

    Is that necessary? I use "small" so I am not setting a pixel or point size. The size may be changed by the user.

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    I'd probably go with Verdana instead of Arial as it the I, l and 1 are different in Verdana, which makes reading easier. Any Times Roman style font is usually a poor choice for webpages, because it is harder to read on screen.

    I think personally the small font would have been just fine if it were Verdana, however, I'm not part of the 50+ getting stigmatisim crowd.
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    Thumbs up I use Verdana and Regular

    I mainly use Verdana. Why? See here: http://www.techdis.ac.uk/seven/papers/dyslexia3.html


    Here some links for further reading. Very interesting!

    A Comparison of Popular Online Fonts: Which is Best and When? http://psychology.wichita.edu/surl/u...ws/3S/font.htm

    How should text be presented within a website? http://psychology.wichita.edu/optimalweb/text.htm

    So, What Size and Type of Font Should I Use on My Website? http://psychology.wichita.edu/surl/u...ws/2S/font.htm


    Are your audience older people? Then read here:

    Determining the Best Online Font for Older Adults http://psychology.wichita.edu/surl/u.../3W/fontSR.htm


    Or are your audience children? Then read here:

    Which Fonts Do Children Prefer to Read Online? http://psychology.wichita.edu/surl/u.../3W/fontJR.htm


    And at last:

    Screen Fonts
    http://www.humanfactors.com/download...sp#screenfonts

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    I didn't notice a great difference between the two versions.

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    I go anywhere from 70-100% of the usual settings. Depends on the site, the audience, and my mood

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    I second xhtmlcoder: I put the two pages side by side and could see absolutely no difference.

    The content text is just barely big enough for me to ready. I wouldn't even consider trying to read the ads.

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    There is no difference anymore, as this is an old thread! Is the text too small, though? My demographic is 18-34 so I can go a bit small, but what do you guys think?


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