device-independent units (NOT!)

Henry Minsky (hqm@ua.com)
Tue, 16 May 1995 18:24:36 -0700


Date: Tue, 16 May 1995 18:24:36 -0700
From: Henry Minsky <hqm@ua.com>
Message-Id: <199505170124.SAA07458@nexus.datawave.net>
To: www-html@www10.w3.org
Subject: device-independent units (NOT!)


Is anyone else as appalled as I am at the use of "pixels" as the
spatial unit in the Netscape IMG WIDTH and HEIGHT tags? I am writing a
browser which goes directly from HTML to Postscript, and what am I
supposed to do with a request to make an image "50" wide? 50 what? I
guess everyone "knows" that a pixel is 1/75 inch, right? Or is is
0.01"? Why didn't they use some device-independent unit, and is it too
late to correct this really shameful situation??

Henry