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HTML Expand To Fit

September 6th, 2012
html, tech

If I have a block of text that I want to expand to fill the screen, there ought to be some way to specify this in HTML. Specifically, I want to put contra dance calling cards on my phone [1]. I definitely don't want any scrolling, and I'd like them to be as big as possible. I've figured out a hackish way to do this with javascript, but there ought to be a clean way. The hackish way:

Draft: Trip To Lambertville
This runs a little loop:
  make font huge
  while vertical scroll bar present:
    make font a little smaller
While this works, I really ought to be able to ask the browser nicely "make this as big as will fit" instead of forcing it to do something so stupid [2]. Is this possible with just html and css?


[1] To replace the tiny illegible index cards in my wallet.

[2] Yes, I could use binary search. O(n) → O(log(n)). Still stupid.

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