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FW: Making pt a non-physical unit

From: Levantovsky, Vladimir <Vladimir.Levantovsky@MonotypeImaging.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2010 17:42:12 -0500
To: www-style <www-style@w3.org>
Message-ID: <7534F85A589E654EB1E44E5CFDC19E3D043607E3@wob-email-01.agfamonotype.org>
On Wednesday, January 06, 2010 3:39 PM Felix Miata wrote:
> Those who need bigger than average text should be using displays big
> enough
> that their bigger text can be expected to fit, while designers should
> be, and
> can be, designing to satisfy that expectation - without any need to
> know
> specifics of any user's environment.
It's not large displays that are causing this problem, it's the smaller screens with high pixel counts and higher DPI (don't we love our new laptops? ;) that make text rendered so small that it becomes almost illegible.


> Designers should not be allowed to size for screen media globally
> without
> regard to a unit (root em) suitably chosen by the visitor. Designer
> power
> should be limited to sizing the relationships within the design
> envelope.
> Designers should not have any need to know the display size, dot pitch,
> DPI/PPI, or anything about a user's CSS or device pixels - at least not
> until
> CSS pixels become a unit whose physical size is chosen by the user, if
> that
> ever happens.
> This is one major advantage, mostly in theory, as uncommon in practice,
> that
> the web has over print - user choice over appropriate overall size, aka
> resolution independence. Page zoom approximates this. Designing it in
> in the
> first place is not only possible already, but also (automatically)
> works much
> better than the user agent defense against poor (resolution dependent)
> design
> called zoom, which generally is not automatic. Deprecation of px for
> sizing
> would not be a panacea, just a nudge toward polite designer behavior
> and a
> better overall web user experience.
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