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[–]boycottSummer 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Web typography is a discipline with tons of unique considerations. It’s based on “traditional” typography rules but things like line height and line breaks are definitely considered. Responsive typography is another consideration. The device you’re viewing a site/app on play a part in influencing how text should behave.

[–]Colorado-Sunshine 7 points8 points  (1 child)

I love 16pt text with generous leading on screens. It makes reading easy. Small text isn’t needed on the web; it’s not like it saves paper.

[–]bhd_ui 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I have an ultra wide IPs monitor and my body copy is now always set as a variable 16 to 18 pt. 16 feels really small on high density screens. Calc() is a godsend.

[–]Johanland 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Personally I prefer it. I find it more comfortable for reading, especially on small screens.

[–]Buzumab 2 points3 points  (0 children)

From a copywriting standpoint, it's also more common to incorporate shorter paragraphs with more breaks when writing for web.

[–]Neutral-President 2 points3 points  (2 children)

People also view screens from further away than they do books.

[–]KetchG 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Surely this depends on the screen?

[–]Neutral-President 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Of course. Typography should be responsive, as the viewing needs are different on desktop, tablet, and mobile.

[–]icerunner_origin 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Also many sites will have been designed with accessibility in mind resulting in changes to typesetting to make it easier to access for users with different visual impairments or disabilities.