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RE: platform-specific font size issues

From: Benjamin Hardcastle <benjaminh@epic.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 10:16:15 -0000
To: <www-style@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000501be2d94$1b689100$e0050180@titan.graphics.epic.co.uk>
> I've always disagreed with this definition of pixel. It seems to
> demand that the browser know how far away the reader is. All of a
> sudden if you use a projector, the definition of pixel may change.
>
But not the apparent size to the users eye. This is why there is an angle in the
definition. I don't like the idea of this being called a "pixel" since that has
a definition in terms of hardware, and a pixels size is dependent on how fancy
the technology is to make the viewing device...

> A better definition *if you ask me* is: a px unit is 1pt rounded to
> the nearest whole number of physical pixels on the device.
>
If you ask me, a pixel is a pixel. 50 pixels is 50px. Think of arranging text
with a graphic. Your graphic is 20 pixels high, and you want your text to be the
same height... Having a variable and non-pixel dependent definition of a pixel
is a world of pain and confusion, and I would be miffed in the extreme if this
ever came about.

Benjamin
Received on Tuesday, 22 December 1998 05:21:33 GMT

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