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Re: Making pt a non-physical unit

From: Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>
Date: Fri, 8 Jan 2010 08:46:53 +1300
Message-ID: <11e306601001071146r7de9de67r48eb6276e0cad62e@mail.gmail.com>
To: Aryeh Gregor <Simetrical+w3c@gmail.com>
Cc: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu>, Brad Kemper <brad.kemper@gmail.com>, www-style <www-style@w3.org>
On Fri, Jan 8, 2010 at 8:34 AM, Aryeh Gregor
> wrote:

> Anyway, it seems clear to me that there's no sense in having physical
> units when you have not the slightest idea what the viewing distance
> will be.  For printing and similar things, physical units should stay
> physical, but for display anywhere else, I'd match everything up to
> the current definition of pixels.  I skimmed through the whole
> discussion so far, and haven't seen anyone say why they'd actually
> want to use physical units for anything, on a monitor.  A diagram
> labeled "actual size"?

Yes, that, and touch interfaces. Those are the only use-cases I know of so

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