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Re: Making pt a non-physical unit

From: Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>
Date: Fri, 8 Jan 2010 08:26:12 +1300
Message-ID: <11e306601001071126s71adfa97t8fbc59055863c256@mail.gmail.com>
To: Jonathan Kew <jonathan@jfkew.plus.com>
Cc: www-style list <www-style@w3.org>, rfink@readableweb.com
On Fri, Jan 8, 2010 at 3:53 AM, Jonathan Kew <jonathan@jfkew.plus.com>wrote:

> My own (perhaps rather vague) thinking is that "true" dimensions would
> still zoom - along with everything else - in scenarios where the overall
> display is being zoomed, like when you use pinch gestures on an iPhone, or
> the accessibility features on Mac OS X. But they would not be affected by
> "text zoom" features that change the root em unit, and they would resolve to
> correct physical distances at the default ("100% zoom") display size. In
> this respect, they'd be unlike "non-true" dimensions, which in the case of
> very small (or large) devices might be resolved to something quite different
> from their nominal real-world size.
> So, for example, on a desktop or a printed document, 12pt might be a
> reasonable default text size. On a phone, text specified as "12pt" would
> actually be rendered substantially smaller, corresponding to the smaller
> size of "px" on this device. Text specified as "12truept", however, would
> remain at 12 real-world points at the standard default zoom level. If the
> user then pinches to zoom the entire display, then the 12truept text (and
> the 8truemm high box surrounding it, or whatever) will still all zoom
> together.
> Does that make some kind of sense.....?

Yes, that is what we would do.

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