FLUID-1959, FLUID-1964: FSS Springboards: Review

Jacob Farber jacob.farber at gmail.com
Sun Dec 14 01:49:24 UTC 2008

Thanks for reviewing the code.To clarify:
1) Points, like picas, are an absolute real-world measurements best used in
print. Ems, percentages, and pixels are better suited for digital display.
2) The /1.23 indicates the line height (I think in the default ems). If you
would like to see more shorthand syntax explained, here is a good read:

The reason this even exists in the reset is to do just that: normalize all
browsers to a base font-size of 13 pixels and line-height of 1.23,
so everything is predictably relative to those numbers. These numbers are
from the YUI CSS guys, and have decided those the best numbers to suite
their content + audiences. We could always talk about whether ours need
something different.

Hope that helps,

On Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 5:07 PM, Anastasia Cheetham
<a.cheetham at utoronto.ca>wrote:

> I've reviewed these two FSS springboards, and I think they're ok for now.
> We will need some wiki tutorials to go with them, but those can be created
> after code freeze, and I do think the springboards will want a bit more work
> for the next release.
> I do have one question for Jacob:
> In my browsers (FF2 & FF3 on Mac, FF2, FF3, IE6, IE7 on Windows), the font
> seems awfully small. I note that in fluid.reset.css, the first rule says
>    body {font:13px/1.231...
> While I don't understand the "/1.231" I note that it says "px" and I
> thought it odd that a font size is specified in pixels instead of points?
> I'm certainly very limited in my CSS knowledge, and there may be a perfect
> explanation for this, but is it possible this is a typo, and it's supposed
> to be "pt"?
> If this change should be made, I'd recommend we push it through this
> weekend, but I quite honestly defer to the CSS guru, Jacob, for the
> judgement.
> --
> Anastasia Cheetham                   a.cheetham at utoronto.ca
> Software Designer, Fluid Project    http://fluidproject.org
> Adaptive Technology Resource Centre / University of Toronto

Jacob Farber
University of Toronto - ATRC
Tel: (416) 946-3002
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