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Re: thoughts on non-compliant browsers

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Date: Tue, 09 Mar 2004 10:02:50 -0500
Message-Id: <200403091502.i29F2oqm007213@nerd-xing.mit.edu>
To: Mikko Rantalainen <mira@cc.jyu.fi>
Cc: www-style@w3.org

> Also, one could argue that a point (pt) is a point. Postscript 
> defines one point as 1/72th of an inch. If somebody requests 12pt 
> font for the page and the visitor is using jumbotron or front 
> projection screen, should the text *really* be rendered with the 
> size of 12/72th of an inch

Per my reading of the CSS specification, yes.  That's why it's called an
absolute unit (while em, px, ex are called relative units).

> How about if the page is viewed with hypothetical laptop 
> with a 13" screen with the pixel count of 3000x2000 pixels.

That's why px units are resolution-dependent.

If you put garbage in a computer nothing comes out but
garbage.  But this garbage, having passed through a
very expensive machine, is somehow ennobled and none
dare criticize it.
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