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RE: px vs. pt

From: Rowland Shaw <Rowland.Shaw@seagatesoftware.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2000 08:23:56 +0100
Message-ID: <81E198609B9DD311BE0A00508B5E2984440E5C@ipsent02.camelot.seagatesoftware.com>
To: www-style@w3.org
Yeah, slight mistake on that on my part -- I trusted a popular piece of
graphics software for doing the calculations... Correct measurements:
(As reported by OS, for Win, using NT4)
Mac: 72dpi
Win: 96dpi (small fonts)
Win: 120dpi (large fonts)

At the end of the day, points are going to be scaled to "device units"
LPtoDP and all that (for MFC programmers)
Layouts are never going to match the designers eye -- do you know how
irritating 8px high text is on a resolution of 1280x1024 on a 17 inch
monitor (12 3/4 x 9 1/4) ~ 110dpi (actual)
8px high text ~ 1.8mm high...


-----Original Message-----
From: Daniel Hiester [mailto:alatus@mail.earthlink.net]
Sent: 31 July 2000 19:05
To: www-style@w3.org
Subject: Re: px vs. pt


Sorry to drag this thread up again... I was going through it, and noticed
something...

Roland Shaw said:
"Under Win systems: Control panel -> Display properties -> Settings -> Font
size (small = 72 dpi screen res, large = 96dpi screen res)"

My copy of Windows 98 SE has it differently.
"Small fonts" are 96 dpi, and "large fonts" are 120 dpi.
They can set their fonts as high as 196 dpi, or as low as 72 dpi.

Daniel
Received on Tuesday, 1 August 2000 03:24:36 GMT

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