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Suggestion: LARGER font please!
Thread poster: Charlotte Blank
Charlotte Blank  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:53
Czech to German
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Dec 7, 2007

Hi,

not sure whether this has been discussed before... Is there any reason why the font has to be so tiny? When I first came to proz.com (several years ago) I was delighted to see a typeface which could be read without any problems and magnifier and was very pleasing to the eye. There are some parts of this homepage - such as what I'm just typing here and the site map - which still have this large font but for example the table of contents of fora etc. are really a strain to the eyes.
As translators are working mainly with computer displays and therefore are predestinated to get eye diseases I think everything should be done to avoid anything which will worsen legibility. After all, a website is not bound to be of A4 size, is it?

Charlotte

PS: I just see the preview is in that mini-font as well


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
Germany
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Try your settings Dec 7, 2007

Hi Charlotte,
Have you tried changing the font size?
My ProZ.com - My Settings - Other settings -> Site settings.

Best regards,
Ralf


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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Ctrl & +, Ctrl & - Dec 7, 2007

I just tried Ralf's suggestion and it made no difference at all where it is most needed, which is the Home page. Whenever I log on to it (and I have it selected in the browser as my own home page) it comes up in a tiny font size.
In Firefox (not sure if this applies to other browsers) you can increase the font size by pressing the control key and plus key, and decrease it by pressing the control key and minus key. I now automatically hit control & plus every time I go to ProZ home page. Sometimes I have to hit control and minus on another ProZ page, but usually it remains at a size I find satisfactory.


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Rad Graban  Identity Verified
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View/text size Dec 7, 2007

Just click on the "view", then "text size" and then again "increase".

Rad


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Gisela Greenlee  Identity Verified
Local time: 14:53
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Control key Dec 7, 2007

Just hold down the control key and move the mouse wheel forward (located at the top, between the 2 keys) up. Make sure the arrow is actually on the page, this will increase the font size. Moving the wheel backward will decrease the font size. This works on all pages, including word.

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Agnieszka Hayward
Poland
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Thanks for the hint Dec 8, 2007

giselrike wrote:

Just hold down the control key and move the mouse wheel forward (located at the top, between the 2 keys) up. Make sure the arrow is actually on the page, this will increase the font size. Moving the wheel backward will decrease the font size. This works on all pages, including word.


Thanks a lot, giselrike! Quite a helpful tip.

*edit: and it really works for me (Firefox). Will now try it out with Word

**edit: blimey! works with Word, too, however, the other way round. A million thanks!



[Edited at 2007-12-09 00:10]

[Edited at 2007-12-09 00:11]


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JaneTranslates  Identity Verified
Puerto Rico
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I must be missing something. Dec 8, 2007

giselrike wrote:

Just hold down the control key and move the mouse wheel forward (located at the top, between the 2 keys) up. Make sure the arrow is actually on the page, this will increase the font size. Moving the wheel backward will decrease the font size. This works on all pages, including word.


It sure doesn't work for me. Is there any more info you could give? Or does this depend on what kind of computer and/or mouse that one has?


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Charlotte Blank  Identity Verified
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Thank you for your comments... Dec 11, 2007

they were quite useful (though I did not succeed in getting it larger by moving the mouse wheel either) but the question remains: Why did Proz.com change the font? Is this just because it is "en vogue" right now or are there any (technical?) reasons? If the second be the case I would not be bothered so much but if not I'm really curious to know why more and more website designers are going to ruin their visitors' eyes...

Charlotte

(BTW, here's an example of an actually model website regarding font size: http://www.dpp.cz/index.php?q=cs )


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