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  • # January 15, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Given that users know about the tool to zoom in and out of a web site, how far magnified do you design for?

    example: Safari only magnifies the text, nothing else. At some point it looks crazy and over laps. So when you’re designing, do you consider 200% magnification?

    What do people think?

    # January 15, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    If the browser zooms the entire web page, then my design should still display ok.

    If just the text zooms, ideally I use ems to define the font size / line height, and that will expand/contract to fit. Readability and basic usability is my main concern… graphically, usually the design breaks to some extent (though hopefully not in a major way), and it won’t look pixel perfect, but hopefully users will accept that.

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