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My point is a point is a point

From: Walter Ian Kaye <walter@natural-innovations.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2000 09:56:24 -0700
To: www-html@w3.org, www-style@w3.org
Message-id: <v0313031eb5ab5bf01623@[]>
A 72pt font should ALWAYS be 1" (2.54cm) high, whether it's printed on paper or displayed on a CRT or LCD. If it's not, then either your OS is broken (CSS cannot fix a broken OS) or your system is badly misconfigured and needs to be [re]adjusted.
And yes, default settings are often "bad".

(Assumptions: scalable font, no magnification in effect)

A point is a PHYSICAL measurement; it is only /mapped/ to pixels, not defined by them.

You can't argue with math. :)

 who uses a tape measure to adjust his screen geometry for accurate WYSIWYG
 (ok, ok, I'm anal!)
Received on Monday, 31 July 2000 12:54:38 UTC

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