Stuff we've discussed on IRC.
Posted by ats at 2006-10-20 18:18
On the left: my Firefox 1.5 profile. Note the sensible font sizes.
On the right: a brand-new Firefox 2 profile. Note the ridiculously huge font sizes.
This is a result of a Firefox bug: Firefox inexplicably has its own DPI setting, and it doesn't default to the system DPI.
This means that if your DPI isn't the same as the default (which is quite common for X users, where the DPI is usually set to the correct value rather than an arbitrary default like on Windows), then your browser's interface fonts will be too large or too small.
Worse, compare the font dialogs in the two versions: in 1.5, you could fix this by picking the DPI to use by hand. (Although it didn't offer "follow system DPI" as an option in the GUI.)
In 2.0, they've removed that preference entirely -- so if your display isn't 96 DPI, then you have to grovel around in about:config to fix it.
I reported the bug over a year ago, and it hasn't been fixed...
You'll also notice the stupid new tab appearance -- pointless shaded background that doesn't cope properly with large fonts, and space-wasting close buttons on each tab. Compare it with the window on the left -- if I had to have close buttons on each of those tabs I wouldn't be able to see any of the titles!