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How do I change the font size on this beta bootstrap page without negatively impacting the layout?  When I add a font size declaration to my ccs file in the body tag, the layout goes wacko.

http://nsitedesigns.com/nsitedesigns/wiplastic_scott/index.html
http://nsitedesigns.com/nsitedesigns/wiplastic_scott/css/wiplastic2.css
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What font size should it be?
You are setting it to 0.8em currently ergo why its so small. (wiplastic.css line 124/211)
And your headings to 1.1em (line 102)
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A friend is helping me convert an existing html site to bootstrap.  Still have bugs to work out.  I am having problems modifying the css and having it display correctly without busting the columns all up.

Live site (html)
http://www.wiplastic.com
http://www.wiplastic.com/wiplastic.css
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p.s.  Not sure why the font was set to tiny to begin with.  I can't even read it on my end on my desktop.  But when I change the font-size in body tag it pushes the columns all over the place.
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Just amend the element font size values to a higher em.
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I changed the p tag from .8em to 1em.  I uploaded file.  The font isn't changing.  Still looks microscopic.
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Ah, now it is working.  Geez, hard to troubleshoot when there is a cache thang going on.  Right now, I really really really really really do not like bootstrap.  I hope I hang in there because it is supposed to be God's greatest gift to web masters.  Right now, it is the devil incarnate!
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LOL
Changing a site to bootstrap is harder because you have things already setup the way you want which can cause conflicts sometimes fighting against BS's own styles.
You will find starting a site from scratch using BS will be a lot easier.
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Why do fonts display so much smaller using bootstrap?  I mean geez, the p tag is set to 1.3 em which is normally what I set my h2 tags to.
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does my personal css file overwrite the bootstrap.css file?
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They don't - you are setting your own body font size, overriding bootstrap's.
em's are scalular - their size is relative to the base font size.  1em can mean different sizes based on the base size.

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Yes
Thought I had posted this.
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Bootstrap does use pixels,  It might be easier in the end to go back and convert the ems to  pixles using 1em=16px.   Bootstrap will scale appropriately.

>Right now, it is the devil incarnate!
It is still a lot easier than adding what seems like simple media queries https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/Guide/CSS/Media_queries.  

I think the hardest thing to wrap your head around at the start is dealing with morphing your page in different viewports.

Short term frustration....long term happiness :)
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bring on the peas and happyness!

lol
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