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Re: Making pt a non-physical unit

From: Ambrose LI <ambrose.li@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Jan 2010 14:47:52 -0500
Message-ID: <af2cae771001071147w66c9d140t9b93f803147aac71@mail.gmail.com>
To: Felix Miata <mrmazda@earthlink.net>
Cc: www-style@w3.org
2010/1/7 Felix Miata <mrmazda@earthlink.net>:
> On 2010/01/06 22:08 (GMT-0500) Ambrose LI composed:
>> If you have inline images that act as text, you want the text to be
>> sized in px to accomodate the images, because doing it the other way
>> wouldn't be degradable. You want pt to act as a unit.
> _You_ as stylist may want to accommodate images as text. I as user would
> rather there be no such thing as images as text, since they're a major
> accessibility/usability obstacle. Virtually every financial or retail web
> site I visit uses text in images, and they're almost universally functionally
> illegible.

Have you EVER written any web pages that talk about or use foreign
languages where the text is simply not representable unless you throw
in an image? How can you say "I as user would rather there be no such
thing as images as text"? Of course no one wants that, but there ARE
instances where this is the only solution (or only practical solution,
since a lot of rare Unicode characters are not displayable even on the
latest Windows or Mac systems).

The reality is that image as text is a necessity, whether you like it or not.

> Images  _can_ be sized in em, just as text can be. Images that are upsized
> this way and degraded in the process are _no_ worse than images too small for
> the original quality to be enjoyed, which is the situation high resolution
> users typically and too often face now.

No, it can be much worse. If you think they are "no worse" then you
have never seen how bad Chinese pages looked back in those days when
we really need 16/24px text for CJK. They were absolutely illegible
even if the size difference is just 1px.

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