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Re: CSS enhancement proposal

From: David Perrell <davidp@earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 15 Jun 1997 12:59:37 -0700
Message-Id: <199706152002.NAA13421@iceland.it.earthlink.net>
To: "Joel N. Weber II" <devnull@gnu.ai.mit.edu>
Cc: <www-style@w3.org>
Todd Fahrner wrote:
> That was a reference to the disaster of specifying point units on
> type without some sort of platform-transformation like this:
> 
> <SCRIPT>
> <!--
> 	if (navigator.appVersion.lastIndexOf('Mac') == -1)
> 	{
> 	document.writeln("<STYLE> BODY { font-size: 0.75em }</STYLE>")
> 	};
> //-->
> </SCRIPT>

Well, that's a very Mac-centric assumption--that all non-Mac systems
will be equally un-Mac. Even if that were true, how will that script
change the way points are displayed on the client?
 
> An explanation (repurposed from email to David Perrell, with
> apologies for the light-hearted Windows-ribbing):
> 
> Scenario 1: ....
> 
> Scenario 2: ...

I was going to regurgitate my reactionary reply with some additional
digestion, but I'll refrain. Suffice it to say there are other
scenarios, and there are typography-aware Windows-using designers who
were producing print long before the idea for the Mac was born during
Steve Job's 1979 visit to Xerox PARC.

I'll repeat my belief that a opsys-fixed display-pixels-per-inch
setting is absurd. The future is subpixel rendering in full color. The
resolution of the display is insignificant except in terms of
sharpness. Each user of a machine should decide how large she/he wants
an inch to be on the display, and that mapping should be part of the
personal profile of that user, effected smoothly when the user logs on.

David Perrell
Received on Sunday, 15 June 1997 16:02:35 GMT

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