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A Study on the EM and REM Unit in CSS

October 1, 2013 0 Comments

Here are several articles I have read on my journey to understanding the EM and REM unit and why it is so powerful in CSS styling for modern web sites. Please let me know if you find any of their knowledge incorrect/outdated/helpful.

Understanding em Units in CSS

By Louis Lazaris on 
Link: http://www.impressivewebs.com/understanding-em-units-css/

CSS Font-Size: em vs. px vs. pt vs. percent

By Kyle Schaeffer on September 30th, 2008
Link: http://kyleschaeffer.com/development/css-font-size-em-vs-px-vs-pt-vs/

Relative is the new absolute: the rem unit

By Christian Krammer on October 11, 2012
Link: http://www.css3files.com/2012/10/11/relative-is-the-new-absolute-the-rem-unit/

Type study: Sizing the legible letter

By Ethan Marcotte on November 9, 2011
Link: http://blog.typekit.com/2011/11/09/type-study-sizing-the-legible-letter/

How we learned to leave default font-size alone and embrace the em

By Scott Jehl, Mat “Wilto” Marquis, Zach Leatherman, and Patty Toland on July 18, 2012
Link: http://filamentgroup.com/lab/how_we_learned_to_leave_body_font_size_alone/

On ems and rems

By Scott Jehl on July 19 2012
Link: http://filamentgroup.com/lab/on_ems_and_rems