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Mousewheel scroll may not work in every browser. Ctrl+ (technically, Ctrl+=) works in all the Windows browsers I've tried, and CMD+ (CMD+=) works with the Mac browsers I've tried.
I highly recommend the Firefox add-on called NoSquint, which:
- Integrates full page and text-only zooming without have to switch between them in the Firefox menu (by default, ctrl+ vs. ctrl+shift)
- Lets you control the increment of each zoom
- Lets you set a default zoom for new sites not previously zoomed
- Remembers zoom preference for all sites in which you zoom, for a user-defined period of time
- Will optionally throw out zoom settings when you clear data
There's a Chrome extension that does a few of the same things, called Zoom Text Only. Chrome handles page zoom while this extension will handle text zoom, and the two work together without interfering, for the most part, though occasionally text zoom won't engage.
Safari is probably the world's worst browser, though I'm sure I could code a worse one. It features every design feature that is insanely stupid about all the current OS X flat gray industrial design that is designed for an art gallery or museum but not actual usage by human beings. Safari will only do one zoom at a time (and at an overly large increment). If you switch (manually, through the menu) to text zoom, it resets the page zoom to 0. Text zoom is something that has to be used in small doses, because too much of it and lines of text may overrun each other or overrun other screen elements. But if a full page has been zoomed sufficiently, and any larger would be too wide to comfortably read, but the fonts are still too small, a small amount of text zoom can help.
Safari lets you set a minimum font size for all web pages , but font size is NOT zoom, and the minimum font size makes half of all web pages look awful.
So - in other words, zoom is badly handled by Safari. Unfortunately, Safari is the only browser that renders smoothly on Retina displays. Chrome comes in second, and Firefox scrolls so badly on Macs that it is nearly unsuable.
I hope this helps anyone else who struggles with fine print!