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Re: [CSS21] 4.3.2 Lengths (reference pixel?)

From: Felix Miata <mrmazda@earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2010 20:14:26 -0500
Message-ID: <4D081672.9060200@earthlink.net>
To: www-style@w3.org
On 2010/12/14 14:27 (GMT-0800) David Singer composed:

> On Dec 14, 2010, at 22:16 (GMT), Linss, Peter wrote:

>> I have yet to see a typical user system come out of the
>> box since then with accurate on screen measurements.

You've not used many Linux distros over the years.

>>  Yes, I could
>> calibrate it, and often did, but then all sorts of app UIs broke...

Shortsighted and/or ignorant OS, DTE and application developers are 
responsible for that, not PC hardware of the past decade or more.

> I have no idea *how* you would know the physical size of a monitor
> connected over say VGA, analog TV, etc.

ISTR this was possible 8-10 years ago on Linux. Did EDID exist that long ago? 
Many times I had to lie about display dimensions in DTE configuration, and 
often still must, in order to compensate for too small display or too great 
viewing distance to use with accurate sizing of common defaults.

Even so, how hard can if be for a user to select a display diagonal dimension 
and aspect or width and height from configuration boxes, or find a list to 
select them from if DTE configuration isn't unnecessarily obtuse?
"The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant
words are persuasive." Proverbs 16:21 (New Living Translation)

  Team OS/2 ** Reg. Linux User #211409

Felix Miata  ***  http://fm.no-ip.com/
Received on Wednesday, 15 December 2010 01:14:43 UTC

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