(Another) great interview from Paul Boag:
A lot of people are stuck with IE6. All that stuff is true. And in those environments where you know you have a lot of users with IE6, then you know that pixel-based text is out of the question. I just want to stand in; I’m all for usability and the user and all that, but I just want to say a word for the designers for a minute. There are limitations in every medium, this is true. What a designer of a book can say, I’m going to have this be 15 point and this be 12 point, and there’s a mathematical relation between them, and it’s very controllable and I know what the user is going to see. And they can control the leading, and the margins, and everything else, so that there’s this beautiful, underlining, horizontal and vertical grid, and the page feels pleasing, it’s pleasing to look at and it’s easy to read. There’s no reason, because I refuse to let pixels be magnified because of a stupid wrong decision that Microsoft made 12 years ago that we have to jump through our own anuses, and still only approximate the results we want to get. I think it’s ludicrous. When there are so many other browsers out there, and when IE itself is transitioning to the same thing. I think that now that page zoom is out there, and it’s out there in IE8, it’s out there in IE7, I think it’s okay.
Wish just once he’d say something I could disagree with.
Here at Google we’re really excited about the promise of tablet computers, which will be great for browsing the web and using apps. We’ve been working hard to optimize our services for the new format – larger touchscreens, increased portability, rich sensors – and we’d like to share some information about our progress so far.