This website has been online for almost 6 months now, And Ben has just pointed out a font sizing quirk that has made the text here unreadable on IE for Windows if the Text Size (in the View menu) is set to Smaller or Smallest.
And he was right – I’d never checked it before.
Turns out, using this is a no-no:
font: 0.8em/1.6em Verdana, sans-serif;
Owen Briggs has written a fairly in-depth study (and taken a gazillion screen shots) highlighting the different methods of text sizing and their various behaviours across different browsers.
It appears a more reliable way to achieve the goal is:
font: 100% Verdana, sans-serif;
And before anyone gets on their soapbox and says I shouldn’t specify a font size anyway, go and read Owen’s post. I particluarly like:
“One sizing wisdom is that a document’s main text should be left alone so it can display at whatever the browser default is. This sounds good, but since most browsers default to a text size that I have to back up to the kitchen to read, I decided the zen approach to design wasn’t for me. Besides, if I was really zen I wouldn’t write a stylesheet.” (Italics mine)