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Opened 16 years ago

Closed 9 years ago

Last modified 5 years ago

#7296 closed defect (bug) (wontfix)

Admin CSS uses px instead of em

Reported by: noel's profile noel Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: Administration Keywords:
Focuses: ui, accessibility Cc:


There are quite a few places where we could be using ems instead of pixels for font sizes. Support has a ticket wondering why we took this route. Despite pixels being fine in most browsers, IE botches them and doesn't let you resize them!

Best practice:

Change History (8)

#1 @matt
16 years ago

  • Resolution set to invalid
  • Status changed from new to closed

No momentum or patches here, closing, but open to a new ticket for new design.

#2 @jacobsantos
16 years ago

  • Milestone 2.7 deleted

#3 @GrahamArmfield
10 years ago

  • Focuses accessibility added
  • Resolution invalid deleted
  • Severity changed from minor to normal
  • Status changed from closed to reopened
  • Type changed from enhancement to defect (bug)

Whilst this is an old ticket it is still true in the new 'MP6' admin introduced in 3.8. I have tested it in Internet Explorer 10 on a Windows 7 machine, and it's impossible to change the font size in any of the admin screens.

In IE to change just the text size go to View -> Text size.

This is important for people with poor eyesight who wish to enlarge the text, but not to zoom - which makes everything bigger, but introduces horizontal scroll bars.

#4 @SergeyBiryukov
10 years ago

  • Component changed from General to Administration
  • Focuses ui added
  • Milestone set to Awaiting Review

#5 @afercia
9 years ago

Wondering if it's time to start using root em (rem) with a fallback to pixels. Maybe worth considering for the CSS clean up roadmap. cc @helen :)

#6 @nikolov.tmw
9 years ago

Just chiming in to say that I'd volunteer as a tribute to help out with this one. I imagine that there would be a significant amount of work involved in that endeavour, so I'd be happy to give a helping hand.

If rem + px will be the road we take, then I can start slowly converting things one by one.

Last edited 9 years ago by nikolov.tmw (previous) (diff)

#7 @helen
9 years ago

  • Milestone Awaiting Review deleted
  • Resolution set to wontfix
  • Status changed from reopened to closed

I don't think this is a ticket that needs to stay open - we can discuss sizing strategies as a part of the ongoing clean up and modernization effort, but there's no single way of addressing this and it's not particularly useful for tracking, either. FWIW, I don't believe that a single blanket usage of one sizing unit is the right way to go, either. It all depends on the context of how things are built and what exactly is being sized.

This ticket was mentioned in Slack in #design by afercia. View the logs.

5 years ago

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