Adding some basic CSS

I've had an email from Google Search Console telling me that it's detected some mobile usability issues on the site.

The following issues were found on your site:

  • Content wider than screen
  • Text too small to read
  • Clickable elements too close together

So, I've added some very basic CSS for now, just to keep Google off my back.

I've increased the font-size and line-height, added some styles to stop images from being wider than the screen width, and included a basic sans-serif font stack.

I'm not sure this'll fix the last point (about clickable elements being too close together), we'll see.

I feel a bit bad for doing what Google says, instead of listening to, you know, users. But in this instance I agree with the things it's asking for. Also I don't want to harm my site's search engine ranking, as I've put so much effort into keeping the content structure the same so far.


body {
    font-family: "Segoe UI", Roboto, "Helvetica Neue", Arial, sans-serif;
    font-size: 1em;
    line-height: 1.5;
    overflow-wrap: break-word;
    word-wrap: break-word;
code {
    font-size: 1.2em;
    white-space : pre-wrap;
@media screen and (min-width: 660px) {
    body {
        font-size: 1.4em;
        line-height: 1.65;
img {
    height: auto;
    width: 100%;


Looks like it was actually the code elements that were causing most of the issues. So I've added a bunch of wrapping styles to make sure the long lines don't break out of the viewport width.

And I've increased the font size of code elements, as the browser default was only 14px, which is too small.

Update 17 April 2021

Whoop! The basic CSS that I added fixed the issues. It took Google about 5 days to validate them. I think these styles are a good example of basic CSS that is better (for usability and accessibility) than the default browser styles…

  • Bigger font-size
  • More generous line-height
  • Prevent horizontal scrolling