All sites rendered in very small fonts, yet relative

RESOLVED EXPIRED

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RESOLVED EXPIRED
14 years ago
13 years ago

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(Reporter: nimbus.ursus, Assigned: bugzilla)

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1.0 Branch
x86
Linux
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Description

14 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20050215 Firefox/1.0
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20050215 Firefox/1.0

Every site I access is rendered in unreadably small fonts. I've followed various
guides in the bugs area to resolve this, but none of them work satifactorily.

For example, the DPI of my system is 147 and FireFox has this as the system
setting. All the FreFox menu's, icons etc. are in the expected size and font,
but the pages are rendered impossibly small to read. Any changes made to the DPI
setting only affects the application fonts, not the rendered sites.

Sites become readable when I press Ctrl + 3 times, but it is very annoying to
have to do this each time I fire up FireFox.

My system information:
Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20050215 Firefox/1.0
My Build information:
about:buildconfig

Build platform
target
i686-pc-linux-gnu

Build tools
Compiler 	Version 	Compiler flags
gcc 	gcc version 3.3.5 (Gentoo Linux 3.3.5-r1, ssp-3.3.2-3, pie-8.7.7.1) 	-Wall
-W -Wno-unused -Wpointer-arith -Wcast-align -Wno-long-long -march=pentium4 -pipe
-pthread -pipe
c++ 	gcc version 3.3.5 (Gentoo Linux 3.3.5-r1, ssp-3.3.2-3, pie-8.7.7.1) 
-fno-rtti -fno-exceptions -Wall -Wconversion -Wpointer-arith -Wcast-align
-Woverloaded-virtual -Wsynth -Wno-ctor-dtor-privacy -Wno-non-virtual-dtor
-Wno-long-long -march=pentium4 -pipe -Wno-deprecated -fshort-wchar -pthread
-pipe -I/usr/X11R6/include

Configure arguments
--prefix=/usr --host=i686-pc-linux-gnu --mandir=/usr/share/man
--infodir=/usr/share/info --datadir=/usr/share --sysconfdir=/etc
--localstatedir=/var/lib --enable-optimize=-O2 --enable-old-abi-compat-wrappers
--disable-activex --disable-activex-scripting --disable-installer
--disable-pedantic --enable-crypto --enable-xterm-updates --with-pthreads
--with-system-jpeg --with-system-png --with-system-zlib --with-x
--without-system-nspr --enable-default-toolkit=gtk2 --enable-ipv6
--disable-xinerama --disable-xprint --enable-freetype2 --enable-freetypetest
--enable-default-toolkit=gtk2 --disable-gnomevfs --disable-debug --disable-tests
--enable-reorder --enable-strip --enable-strip-libs --enable-elf-dynstr-gc
--enable-xft --disable-jsd --disable-xpctools --enable-oji --enable-mathml
--enable-single-profile
--enable-extensions=cookie,inspector,negotiateauth,pref,transformiix,universalchardet,webservices,xmlextras,xml-rpc
--disable-mailnews --disable-composer --disable-ldap --disable-profilesharing
--with-default-mozilla-five-home=/usr/lib/MozillaFirefox --enable-single-profile 

The only setting that has worked is to set the minimum font to 24, which then
really screws up site layouts.

I do think this one is different to those other complaints about small fonts,
but unfortunately do not know enough to say for certain. Am willing to try
whatever to get this working.

Thanks
Nim

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Open firefox
2.
3.

Actual Results:  
The firefox 'homepage' is rendered in an unreadable fontsize

Expected Results:  
A readable product page for the product I've launched. BTW. The help screen does
exactly the same thing.
(Reporter)

Updated

14 years ago
Version: unspecified → 1.0 Branch

Comment 1

14 years ago
Your DPI is not supposed to impact the size of text on web pages. DPI only
affects text sized in points, something that is strongly recommended against for
web pages.

Instead of setting your minimum size to 24px, set your defaults for proportional
and monospace to 24, and reduce your minimum to 18px or 20px. That should
considerably reduce the number of pages with mousetype. You can't fix them all
with larger defaults. That's why we have the minimum size and zoom features.

Some sites are simply designed without considering that people need to have text
a certain size to read it, and are destroyed by zooming. Complain to the
webmasters about it when the opportunity presents itself.
(Reporter)

Comment 2

14 years ago
(In reply to comment #1)
> Instead of setting your minimum size to 24px, set your defaults for proportional
> and monospace to 24, and reduce your minimum to 18px or 20px. That should
> considerably reduce the number of pages with mousetype. You can't fix them all
> with larger defaults. That's why we have the minimum size and zoom features.
> 
> Some sites are simply designed without considering that people need to have text
> a certain size to read it, and are destroyed by zooming. Complain to the
> webmasters about it when the opportunity presents itself.

Mmmm, can you tell me where I go to get the www.mozilla.org site fixed?

I understand your frustrations with hearing the same things over and over, but
this happens for all sites, not just a few 'rougue' web developers' sites that
aren't adhearing to the standards.
(Reporter)

Comment 3

14 years ago
Sarcasm aside. I've made the suggested changes and fine-tuned it a litte. It 
isn't a good as I expect, but it works for now.

thanks
nim
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