This is all good and well, but... The Zoom Feature is basically like making a picture of the entire layout and enlarging that picture, then compressing the sides to fit inside the window.
Originally Posted by Mario F.
So basically, if the position is fixed at, say, pixel 100, then, when scaled, it's set at, say, pixel 110. All things are scaled, not just font or images or text. Otherwise it would be flawed.
I do understand what you're trying to say. I once tried to make a page layout scale with resolution, but the layout remaining the same. But that doesn't say I can't make everything on that page 10% larger. That's what a Full Page Zoom should do and that's what's so handy.
It is also a flaw, because it cannot expand indefinitely, whereas Full Page Zoom can because it enlarges everything, so the layout will remain the same.
Scaling text has been at the heart of web accessibility decisions. It always worked. What some designers choose to do is to compromise in the presence of some layouts like the one shown on my previous post. That is, they allow for a certain degree of text enlargement until the layout gets broken. This has always been like this and unless a webpage is made up of just text flowing from left to right and up to bottom, most layouts will eventually break at higher levels of text enlargement.
It's a conscious decision, not a bug in the HTML/CSS code. And it derives from the limitations of the languages themselves as well as the limitations of computer screen sizes (a larger resolution will allow for bigger enlargements without breaking the layout).
Did you try FF3's zoom feature?
I'm not sure what to say here other than you perhaps are distracted. First it is not true, for all the reasons above, unless FF3 new zoom feature creates horizontal scroll. Second it can be true only in the sense few designers worry about web accessibility and thus do not predict text enlargement usage patterns when coding their sites which definitely breaks most layouts as soon as a user enlarges the text.
Perhaps then you could say for certain if the implementation is good or bad, but I have found it be good, even if it creates headaches for the devs.
Funny to think, then, that FF has also adopted Full Page zoom now. Indeed, it's been a much sought feature. To my knowledge, anyway.
To conclude on another note however, this is not to say Zoom is not a good feature. It is indeed. But the problem in Opera is the fact it is the only feature which simply means Opera in non standard in this issue. If Opera allowed for text enlargement only, with our without a Zoom feature, I wouldn't be here having this conversation.
I couldn't agree more.
Originally Posted by indigo0086
In the end, it's the end user that's browsing the page and so it's logical that we should have the choice to display it as we wish.
Small text everywhere and banners in most inappropriate places annoy me greatly. Thankfully Full Page Zoom solves the text problem.