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Re: [CSS21] [css3-values] px and device pixels

From: Andrew Fedoniouk <news@terrainformatica.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2008 17:44:04 -0700
Message-ID: <47E5A7D4.6060008@terrainformatica.com>
To: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>
CC: Brad Kemper <brkemper@comcast.net>, www-style Mailing List <www-style@w3.org>

fantasai wrote:
> Brad Kemper wrote:
>> On Mar 22, 2008, at 10:24 AM, Brad Kemper wrote:
>>>> I'd suggest to introduce new length unit - physical pixel
>>>> - that is "naked" number (without any special unit designator).
>>> That would result in thicknesses that are vastly different when 
>>> printed than they are on screen (about a hundred times smaller in my 
>>> case). As an author, I can't see much use for that.
>> I'll rescind this last statement. I can see use for it in a print only 
>> style sheet, in limited circumstances where I know what the dpi of the 
>> device is. But I'd be happier if I could just specify a 1/4 pixel line 
>> for a printer and have it rounded to 19 pixels on a 9600 dpi printer. 
>> I'm not sure if this actually happens in all browsers or not.
> Fractional 'px' units are allowed. :) 

Sure, why not? 'Bit' is waiting for revision by CSS people too.

 > I'm not sure whether 0.25px will show up on a 96dpi device, but it
 > should show up on a 9600 dpi printer.

Can we just declare that for @media raster 1px is always
a device pixel? For devices of other architecture 1px is 1/96 of inch.

I think that @media [queries] will allow to cover sizing for other types 
of output devices, e.g. vector or printer.

Andrew Fedoniouk.

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