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Re: Making pt a non-physical unit

From: Ambrose LI <ambrose.li@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2010 22:09:29 -0500
Message-ID: <af2cae771001051909v6215eaa1p10c002d63c2555f0@mail.gmail.com>
To: Christoph Päper <christoph.paeper@crissov.de>
Cc: www-style <www-style@w3.org>
2010/1/5 Christoph Päper <christoph.paeper@crissov.de>:
> I don’t give much a damn about points and picas and inches, in fact I wish
> them gone. People, though, seem to like (or just are used to) specifying
> absolute font sizes without decimal fractions sometimes and they are used to
> somethng called “points” through their word processor or other print-related
> experience, hence the problem at hand. Despite well-known samples of
> standard misuse from the Web, some of them really want a sixth of an inch
> when they write “12pt”. So you better provide those folks with an
> alternative to ‘pt’ if you were to move that from “Absolute length units” to
> “Relative length units” in CSS: Values – ‘pp’ or ‘p’ perhaps, or ‘bp’ as in
> Latex, defined the same as ‘pt’ is now. Picas, which are basically unused
> anyway, would continue to be twelve points, despite the identifier changing.

Why the rant? CSS is not just for the web, and the web is not just the
screen. There are some things that are so easy to do in HTML that I’ve
given up on using word processors and opted for a HTML solution for
*print*.

And remember that there is such a thing called Adobe Creative Suite
which can't even handle Hebrew and Arabic in this international age.
Sometimes even using the word processor is overkill.

CSS ≠ screen. Even HTML ≠ screen.
-- 
cheers,
-ambrose
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