Although web designers would like to affirm that the most important part of a website is the designing and graphics, it is not. However attractive and well-designed a website is, the key to a web page is the content. And with the content comes the use of font and the various sizes for these.
The font size is essential for the way people react to the web pages and it is important to dedicate as much time studying the various possibilities in order to make the text of a web page stand out, making it easy and providing an enhanced reader experience for those browsing through a website.
The first issue web designers should consider is the font size of the text within the pages. If you use the wrong size of font this can destroy your website and that is a fact. If users cannot read what you have to offer, they will not bother to stay on your website. Your website may be artistically designed and with a beautiful color scheme and in fact a work of art, but will not serve its purpose if people cannot read the content.
You really need to consider which font sizes you are going to use, and keep in mind that font sizes that are too large can be as illegible as small font. You will also have to consider the screen size of the various devices and how the font will be displayed here. So consider these issues when choosing your font size.
There are four basic elements to consider when defining font sizes:
The length, the percentage, the absolute and the relative are all issues you must take into account.
Those fonts defined by length refer to fonts with absolute measurements, which are measured by centimeters or inches, and percentages are absolute fonts that refer to the parent element. A font size is absolute when it is defined by the user agent. These are those that include the xx small, xx medium and xx large. A relative font size defines a font when it is relative to the parent element that will turn it into a larger, smaller or equal font.
The obvious stands out when talking about font sizes, these must be readable. The font size you select for your text will determine how readable your web pages are. Consider what kind of users will be accessing your website. If the audience falls under the older aged category you will need to use a larger and more readable font, while the young adult category will be happy with a smaller sized font, so they can view more text on the page, making it easier to scan.
You should also consider the ems and pixels. The ems provide good elements in the creation of designs as they allow you to make your fonts larger or smaller to suit your readers’ needs. If you use ems when designing this will allow you make the font become relative to the parent element. This would allow the fonts to be able to be adjusted by the browsers the readers are using.
However, if you do use ems, you may have trouble in controlling how the page will appear on the website, as the fonts will appear as dictated by the default size of the various browsers.