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Small isn't beautiful - or legible

My interlocutor began 'I usually think you are making a fuss about nothing when you complain about type being too small, but this one is really really tiny.' The interlocutor in question is possessed of youthful and excellent eyesight and the site in question is that of Consarc . She added 'Don't you find that when things are difficult to read, it's more of a challenge and makes you concentrate harder? Which isn't always worthwhile, if it is the back of a shampoo bottle.'

Miffed at this levity I declined further discussion and took a look at the Cosartc site whose suffix ' /small.html' looked ominous. The opening page was indeed small, occupying the middle quarter of the available blank space. Click on Practice /Profile and you get three columns of very tiny and not-readable text. Why bother with all that keyboard time for this kind of result? Anyway, I tried to change the suffix to '/big.html' and several other variants on the theme 'bigger'. But no good. So I tried the other obvious thing which was to use the browser Firefox's zoom-in control. Much better, even if the text was in fuzzy black on a dark grey background. Oh, and you learned, after waving the cursor about a bit, that the navigation list reappeared as a semi-transparent strip down the left. Lots of unnecessary effort required here.

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