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In the early days of the web, we used pixels to size our text. It"s reliable and consistent. Unfortunately, users of Internet Explorer—even in IE9—do not have the ability to change the size of the text using the browser function of increasing or decreasing font size. For those concerned about the usability of their site, this may be a big deal. Recent versions of IE include zooming, which increases the size of everything on the page—a feature that is also available in most other mainstream browsers, too. This has helped mitigate the issue to a degree.

I, personally, have been of the camp that px-based layouts provide the consistency I prefer and users have enough tools available to adjust their view that accessibility is less of a concern. But I digress. What else can we do?

In the early days of the web, we used pixels to size our text. It"s reliable and consistent. Unfortunately, users of Internet Explorer—even in IE9—do not have the ability to change the size of the text using the browser function of increasing or decreasing font size. For those concerned about the usability of their site, this may be a big deal. Recent versions of IE include zooming, which increases the size of everything on the page—a feature that is also available in most other mainstream browsers, too. This has helped mitigate the issue to a degree.

I, personally, have been of the camp that px-based layouts provide the consistency I prefer and users have enough tools available to adjust their view that accessibility is less of a concern. But I digress. What else can we do?