Borgs8472 wrote:Surely providing a font/size is enforcing it, and not specifying is allowing browser settings to take much more effect?
If you don't specify a particular font, then nobody can even tell
what the page is "supposed" to look like.
I suggest that you use 16pt Times Roman to read this passage. Do I force you to do so? No, but I provide you with the information necessary to manually change your browser settings and read the passage the way I intended it to be read. In case you don't bother to follow my advice, there is nothing I can do to overrule your decision; you
decide whether to care about my advice at all.
The same applies if I express this advice in HTML; I know that most browsers will follow it, but you, the user, have (or at least should have) full control over the software you run, and you can tell your software to do your
bidding alone. I can't, and I would consider it improper to even try
to question your ultimate authority over your own computer.
It's an issue that relates to the media industry using technology to try to "enforce" certain restrictions on how and when their recordings may be reproduced on private computers (region coding, no fast forward and so on).
We are of course getting a bit off topic here; I feel strongly about this subject and I'm easily carried away discussing it. If others want to discuss it too, we might start a separate thread about it, but maybe our time is better spent on the PPI website and its expected functionality.