On most web sites, when I look at them with Chrome on my phone (a Nexus 4 running stock Android 4.2.2), I can adjust the font size by double-tapping a column of text to make it widen to fill the screen. However, this doesn't work on Wikipedia.org; I don't know why -- the text is quite small.

I've already got the browser set up to display (very) large fonts: I'd gone to "settings", "Accessibility", and have cranked the "Text scaling" slider over to 155%, which is ginormous. (There's also a check in the box that says "Force Enable Zoom", which I don't recall setting; I guess that's the default).

Anyway: this feature works fine on most sites, just not Wikipedia (and perhaps a few others). Any advice for making Wikipedia readable?

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    I'm not seeing a problem on my Galaxy Nexus. Are you using the mobile version of the site (en.m.wikipedia.org)? Have you considered using the Wikipedia app? (There, at least, you can increase the font size to 300%.) – ale Jun 20 '13 at 16:59
  • Hi Al, thanks for checking! Yes, it's the mobile version of the site (oddly, asking for the desktop version doesn't change that). I have indeed tried the Wikipedia app; I can't at the moment remember why I no longer use it; I'll give it another look. – offby1 Jun 21 '13 at 4:28
  • Turns out the Wikipedia app works well enough.I still don't know why Chrome works the way it does, but the standalone app is good enough. – offby1 Jun 27 '13 at 16:15
  • I'm having same problem with Nexus 7/Android 4.3/Chrome 30.0.1599.92. Seems like text scaling works as it should with, say, text-boxes like their one I'm typing this message in, but not on regular paragraphs: it just fits the paragraph on the screen. – Yuval Nov 2 '13 at 9:33
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    I've given up on the Wikipedia app (I can't remember why); and I've noticed that (contrary to one of my previous comments), asking for the "Desktop version" of the app does help (this is on Android 4.4.2, now; perhaps the browser behaves differently). I still know of no way to always make Wikipedia pages expand when I double-tap; but at least I can request the desktop version for any individual page, and then double-tap. – offby1 Dec 16 '13 at 22:10

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