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I'm designing a new webpage and saw that Firefox has set a minimum font size of 12.

Is this just a misconfiguration of my own browser, or is this really a default setting of Firefox? In the latter case, it would affect my design.

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Apparently, you can adjust it:

Setting a minimum font size

Some web sites may display text which is too small to read comfortably. To make such pages easier to read, you can set a minimum font size. On web pages that try to display text smaller than this size, Firefox will enlarge the text to your chosen size.

To set a minimum font size, go to Tools/Options (or Preferences on Mac) and select the "Content" panel. In the "Fonts & Colors" section, immediately after the default font and size selection, click the "Advanced" button. You can specify a minimum font size from the dropdown menu.

Note that some web pages may display incorrectly depending on your choice of a minimum font size.

Source: (scroll down partway to the Setting Minimum Font Size header)

On my Windows machine, I can set this size as low as 9 points...hope that helps!

I installed Ubuntu 10.10 in a virtual machine, and Firefox was already preinstalled - the default font was Serif, and the default font size was 16, the minimum 9. The default on my Windows system is 16 also. FWIW...

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I know that I can changed that, but my question was if a size of 12 is a default setting in a Firefox standard installation? If yes, I have to reconsider my design. – Bevor Nov 6 '10 at 20:04
@Bevor - let me try a fresh install of Firefox, and see what the default font size is... – studiohack Nov 6 '10 at 20:11
Thanks. Could you please post it as answer. Otherwise I can't check it answered. – Bevor Nov 7 '10 at 7:05

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