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Re: Designs that zoom (was : Why reduce font size)

From: Ryan Cannon <ryan@ryancannon.com>
Date: Thu, 03 Mar 2005 10:26:41 -0500
Message-ID: <42272CB1.3000502@ryancannon.com>
To: Carl Mäsak <cmasak@gmail.com>
CC: www-style@w3.org
Pixel rounding is actually a phenomenon where browsers, when parsing 
relative measurements, are forced to round that width to a certain 
pixel. This usually depends on the precision of the browsers 
measurements ( i.e.. rounding 10.555px to 11px, 11.6px or 11.56px, or 
even mistakenly 10px. Each of these can make a distinct visual 
difference, and it varies by browser. Positioniseverything.net has an 
excellent example[1].


This truly is a user agent problem and not a CSS problem, and may 
disappear as UAs become more precise. Perhaps CSS 2.1 or 3 should 
include a recommendation on how to handle pixel rounding?

Carl Mäsak wrote:

>On Wed, 02 Mar 2005 11:55:59 -0500, Ryan Cannon <ryan@ryancannon.com> wrote:
>> Some major problems were pixel rounding (which still isn't perfectly
>You might be referring to pixel perfection, in which case it will
>never be "perfectly fixed", as this is not the goal of CSS. Even the
>fact that different user agent manufacturers interpret the CSS specs
>differently, while not a "good" thing, will probably never go away
>completely. The below link points to a fairly sane discussion about
>pixel perfection and designer choices.


Ryan Cannon
Instructional Technology
Web Design
RyanCannon.com <http://ryancannon.com/?refer=email>
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