Note to would-be blog stylists out there: Do not hard code font sizes in pixels. Especially tiny ones. Case in point:
Witness the discrepancy between the normal font size (in the dialog’s list box at top) and the blog post text at the bottom (12px according to the CSS, yikes!). Let me also point out that I’m NOT picking on the blog poster, who probably wasn’t even responsible for the style. I guess it will be clear from the aggregator whence it comes, so my smudging won’t matter for some of you readers. Suffice it to say, the poster in question rocks hard and this is no reflection on that.
For the last several years there has been a completely asinine gravitation on the part of designers for smaller and smaller fonts, as a large proportion of computer users becomes older. My eyesight’s pretty bad, but glasses take care of that for me. However, when you factor in a high resolution monitor such as this laptop’s 14.1? SXGA+ (1400×1050) screen, things can get pretty ugly fast. And when these hard coded font sizes break my desktop app (like this Liferea RSS reader), that’s a really invasive problem.
Getting away from blogs for the moment: the funny things is, I find this a lot on commercial sites, including those that don’t cater exclusively to a young crowd. Let me give their designers (and more importantly, the designers’ managers) a tip: Older people have more money. Well OK, not always, but it’s not bad as a general guideline. Why on earth would you go out of your way to make it harder for people to get your message or buy your product?
O noez, I haz a rant. Time to calm down and drink my coffee.