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Jeroen Coumans jeroen at
Wed May 19 00:07:47 PDT 2004

Don Smith said the following on 19-05-2004 05:37:

> You shouldn't be fighting the defaults just because many people don't 
> change them. You should assume people will change them to suit their needs.

But shouldn't the book look good (whatever that means :-)) to those who 
surf with defaults? You can still change them, and if you check "Always 
use my fonts" (or similar), your settings will still apply.

To put it another way: why should people have to change *their* settings 
to read the book in a comfortable way? The role of the designer is to 
provide sensible defaults; that's what I'm trying to do.

The whole discussion is rather awkard; because the freedom you as a user 
have with adjusting the appearance of the book is just as large as the 
designer, yet you (you, Brian, Archaic, Bruce) don't want even the most 
basic font-type specification in the stylesheet! The whole discussion 
would be irrelevant for a printed book, and you wouldn't even have a 
choice there. </philosophizing>

Jeroen Coumans

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