I don't know how other people think about it, but I find the default font size when reading and writing discussion extremely small. 10 point is totally insane for the high resolution displays of modern computer screens. For instance, the editor window when using a standard 1900 x 1200 resolution fits 250 characters in a line. Unfortunately this cannot be changed in the browser preferences without affecting other font sizes and thereby screwing up the page layout. I can use CMD-+/- to zooming in and out, but its just annoying.
The current font size is difficult and tiring to work with for no good reason. It is easy for the browser to read the current screen resolution. Why can the font not simply be change to something more suitable?
Just for the record, I have a 20 inch LCD monitor (Apple) and the display is a bit more than an arm length away. It's not that I cannot read it, but it's just inconvenient. Setting the font to 12 pt, like this sentence, is a lot better and more like the size used in books, which I would normally read at a lot closer distance. I suggest to make it 12 pt at least.
That's part of the problem with point-based font sizes and pixel-based displays. 1 point is no longer guaranteed to by 1/72 in.
On my monitor Ctrl+ once gets true 10pt. If I drag that window to my laptop screen (same resolution, smaller diagonal) I have to Crtl+ 4 times to get a true 10pt, significantly shrinking the words per line, and increasing how much I vertical scroll.
An O/S setting to calibrate point size in addition to resolution would be nice, but that's obviously outside a web site's control.
Perhaps an option to set the default font for discussion threads in the user preferences would be the best idea. One would think however that the Jive developers would have come up with something like that already.
For what it's worth:
Do not specify the
pt, or other absolute length units for screen stylesheets. They render inconsistently across platforms and can't be resized by the User Agent (e.g browser). Keep the usage of such units for styling on media with fixed and known physical properties (e.g print).
Once again, I wonder about Jive development. Anyway, 10 pt is not best practice. It's standard for printed media, but not for screens. A search in Google shows that most recommend 16 pixels or more. Not sure what this is in points. I think 10 points is about 12 pixels, depending on screen dpi/ppi. I cannot imagine how tiny 10 pt must look on any of the high resolution Retina displays, which have twice or more density than conventional 72 dpi.