Tutorial 22: The Font of Foulness, Part I: Size Matters - HTML with Style | 4 | WebReference

Tutorial 22: The Font of Foulness, Part I: Size Matters - HTML with Style | 4

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Tutorial 22: The Font of Foulness, Part I: Size Matters

Setting the default font size: The BASEFONT element

Another hack for font sizes is the BASEFONT element. This is an empty element that sets the default font size for any text that is after the BASEFONT element in the document. The following example should illustrate this:

<P>This text is size 3. This text is size 3. 
This text is size 3. <FONT SIZE="+1">This text is size 4.</FONT> 
This text is size 3. This text is size 3. 
This text is size 3. This text is size 3. 
This text is size 3.</P>
<BASEFONT SIZE="4">
<P>This text is size 4. This text is size 4. 
This text is size 4. <FONT SIZE="+1">This text is size 5</FONT>. 
This text is size 4. This text is size 4. 
This text is size 4. This text is size 4. 
This text is size 4.</P>
<BASEFONT SIZE="3">
<P>This text is size 3. This text is size 3. 
This text is size 3. <FONT SIZE="+1">This text is size 4.</FONT> 
This text is size 3. This text is size 3. 
This text is size 3. This text is size 3. 
This text is size 3.</P>

This text is size 3. This text is size 3. This text is size 3. This text is size 4. This text is size 3. This text is size 3. This text is size 3. This text is size 3. This text is size 3.

This text is size 4. This text is size 4. This text is size 4. This text is size 5. This text is size 4. This text is size 4. This text is size 4. This text is size 4. This text is size 4.

This text is size 3. This text is size 3. This text is size 3. This text is size 4. This text is size 3. This text is size 3. This text is size 3. This text is size 3. This text is size 3.

BASEFONT is annoying because it affects elements that are not its children, and generally doesn't fit in well with the rest of HTML. It also means the use of FONT, which is a bad idea in the first place. So, in general, avoid it like the plague.

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