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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 11:42:20 -0700
To: www-style@w3.org
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Matthew Brealey writes:
>Walter Ian Kaye wrote:
>> A 72pt font should ALWAYS be 1" (2.54cm) high, [...]
>> If it's not, then either your OS is broken
>Possibly. But thus 99% of OS's are broken, and one should take this into
>account when using (or not) these units.

99%? My OS works works perfectly, fontwise (and is properly configured;).

>>  who uses a tape measure to adjust his screen geometry for accurate WYSIWYG
>How do you ensure accuracy in both dimensions? (Don't tell me you make
>the visible screen a tiny square in the middle of the monitor?)

I only have about 1/2" of "blackspace" around my 17" screen so that 832x624 corresponds to precisely 72dpi. Of course when I get a 22" monitor with 20"DVI, then 1152x870 will fill the screen almost perfectly for 72dpi. :-)

(The tiny rectangle was when I had an EGA 640x350 display on a Dell 220, when I lived/worked in Philadelphia ten years ago. I just wanted my circles to be circular and my plus-cursor in MS Excel to be undistorted.:)

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