Well-known figures of web development are calling out to Microsoft. The complaint is that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer on Windows doesn’t let users resize fonts if they are specified in pixels with stylesheets. I’m not going to go into the details of the feature here, but it is an important accessibility issue, and they are right.
However, I’m more interested to see how, and if, Microsoft will reply to these demands.
Although many have asked for this before, the well-known Jakob Nielsen has drawn further attention to the issue with his Alertbox column; Let Users Control Font Size (he gets right to the point – you’ve gotta give him that). Jeffrey Zeldman rings in too, pointing out that designers are doing the best they can, and reiterating the demand to Microsoft. Scripting.com’s Dave Winer, JoelonSoftware.com’s Joel Spolsky, and many others join in as well.
It will be interesting to see if Microsoft is willing and able to respond to a demand like this. I’m not expecting them to ship a fix tomorrow morning, but it would be smart for them to at least acknowledge that they hear these demands. Is it even possible for a corporation of such girth to form a timely and human response to an issue like this?