IE 7 does not resize text sized in pixels

Lately I have seen several people mistakenly claim that Internet Explorer 7 allows the user to resize text that has a size specified in pixels, and here is my go at doing what I can to prevent that from spreading and becoming an urban myth.

IE 7 does not, repeat not, resize pixel-sized text. It partly compensates for that by allowing the user to scale/zoom the entire page, including images (which quickly leads to massive horizontal scrolling because of its bad implementation). But if you choose “Page/Text Size” from the menu to change the text size, nothing happens if it has been sized in pixels or an absolute unit (points, millimeters, centimeters, inches, or picas).

Just to make everyone aware of that.

I can’t help wondering why Microsoft is being so stubborn about this.

Posted on March 20, 2007 in CSS, Accessibility, Browsers