In the ongoing search for a solution to viewing problems in different browsers I came across ‘Accessibility Options’ in Internet Explorer.
I had a chance to look around the web on a different resolution monitor than what I’ve become accustomed to.
Here’s the same page in Internet Explorer, 1280 x 1024. Note the header needs a magnifying glass and the left menu is over-sized.
And here’s what it looks like on a 1024 x 768 monitor, where the center graphic is too wide for the screen but conveniently slides under the right-side menu. The magic of CSS.
And here’s an example of the type of thing that upsets me and it doesn’t have anything to do with different resolutions, it’s just Internet Explorer being a pain. It’s my understanding that a standard font size for the web is ’16′ so that’s what I have it set to in Firefox. In Internet Explorer I think it’s called ‘Medium. This is a screenshot of part of a page in Firefox.
See how nice that is, with the ads being so unobtrusive, sitting there quietly and politely. Here’s the same page screaming at you from Internet Explorer.
I’ve fiddled with this before and it seemed the only cure would be for me to change the font to something larger on every single page to get up to speed with the ad-text and then you could set your default for the whole page smaller to keep from knocking your eyeballs out. Since that would be several weeks’ work, I hadn’t got around to it yet. However, I just found another cure for this.
All you die-hard users of Internet Explorer, if you go to Tools/ Internet Options in IE7 (and maybe IE6?) and click on the General Tab and then Accessibility and un-tick the box that says “Ignore font sizes specified on webpages” all will be well. Not as good as Firefox, but much better. It even fixes the fonts in JLiki.