Story 2015-03-23 5H27 Large Text Support

Large Text Support

in pipedot on (#5H27)
The latest set of site updates have reworked font sizes to make it easier to configure larger text rendering.

All font sizes on the site are now specified in relative units (em) and are now now scalable using the “text size” feature of your browser. Due to rounding errors, this change slightly increased many of previous the font sizes.

A user configurable “Large Text” checkbox was also added to your profile settings page, for those that want even larger text.

These text scaling options will not scale other elements of the page, such as images. Use the “Zoom” function of your browser to scale all elements on the page equally.
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Zoom (Score: 1)

by on 2015-03-23 10:00 (#5H2N)

Modern browsers, including nearly every mobile browser in Android and iOS, no longer support scaling the text separately and rely on the "Zoom" feature exclusively.

Re: Zoom (Score: 1, Insightful)

by on 2015-03-23 11:34 (#5H9M)

it's absurd to have a site with tiny text. even the w3c recognized the tendency of web designers to make stupidly small text and put out an advisory telling people to use 1.0em for your text size! pipedot is in denial that it's an issue is and it's stupid. pipedot's response to this issue is effectively WORKSFORME WONTFIX!

Re: Zoom (Score: 3, Informative)

by on 2015-03-23 15:19 (#5HVQ)

Not sure what all the anger is about. Pipedot was readable before, generally (certainly more readable than Soylent, anyway with its tiny little buttons). Just experimented in Chrome and the Zoom feature not only scales up the text but when it reaches a certain size, the 'responsive' feature of the CSS kicks in and the sidebar gets shunted off to the bottom, like it should.

I for one am impressed.

Re: Zoom (Score: 1)

by on 2015-03-23 21:37 (#5JQB)

I will second that, noting that when past UI changes caused a problem with mobile display Brian fixed it within a day. If you see a bug in Pipedot then report it:

Re: Zoom (Score: 1)

by on 2015-03-23 15:20 (#5HVR)

My screen is 1920x1080 at 120dpi. On Pipedot, to achieve approx. 12-point on the screen, I have browser zoom at 150%. At site default, it's visually approx. 5 point.

Re: Zoom (Score: 2, Interesting)

by on 2015-03-24 11:26 (#5M30)

In Firefox I use the NoSquint extension, which allows you to specify separate "Full Zoom" and "Text Zoom" settings. (It also allows you to override the link colours so you can distinguish visited and unvisited links on sites which annoyingly make them the same.)

good enough ... good enough for me! (Score: 3, Insightful)

by Anonymous Coward on 2015-03-23 22:30 (#5JSS)

i find the current font size and color scheme to be very easy on the eyes. i like the automatic expansion of threads, too. i can browse and use this site without javascript loaded which is a plus. i don't have to register or enable javascript for a 'classic' view (/.) or to expand further comments (reddit).