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Re: px vs. pt

From: Matthew Brealey <webmaster@richinstyle.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2000 10:20:55 +0100
Message-ID: <397FFEF7.7E3C@richinstyle.com>
To: Rowland Shaw <Rowland.Shaw@seagatesoftware.com>
CC: www-style@w3.org
Rowland Shaw wrote:
> What are people's views on preference?? I've become embroiled in a couple of
> debates recently where people have been defending the good old "px" unit,
> which I think could be potentially dangerous (well, from the point of view
> of supporting people with large screens and the disabled)

The archives of the comp.infosystems.www.authoring.stylesheets contain
extensive debates on this subject.
> For reference, the units are defined as being:
> 1pt == 1/72 inch (device independent for physical size)
> 1px == 1 pixel   (device dependent for physical size)

(No - see the belowcited URL) 

> My personal preference would be to suggest using pt. (or pica or cm etc)

I disagree strongly - see
(Unfortunately most WYSIWYG tools do to - products such as Dreamweaver
and all Microsoft products use points).

> On a Windows machine with "small fonts" a screen resoultion of 72dpi is
> assumed, with "large fonts" it uses 96dpi - as for other platforms, I cannot
> say...

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