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Re: Making pt a non-physical unit

From: Brad Kemper <brad.kemper@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2010 16:57:08 -0800
Message-Id: <CDF873E7-665A-4575-ABCC-ED9620773031@gmail.com>
To: Jonathan Kew <jonathan@jfkew.plus.com>
Cc: www-style W3C Group <www-style@w3.org>


On Jan 10, 2010, at 3:24 PM, Jonathan Kew <jonathan@jfkew.plus.com>  
wrote:

> As I've said before, if we're going to change the basis of "pt", we  
> need to change ALL the current "physical" units in the same way.  
> Anything else is a recipe for even more confusion -- besides the  
> risk of making CSS look somewhat ridiculous.

This is my view too. A point is 1/72 of an inch (more or less).  
Especially in print media, if I specify a box width in inches, or the  
border width in mm (or fractions thereof or of an inch), then that's  
how big I expect them to be printed, regardless of how far away the  
paper is to be viewed. Similarly, if I am designing an electronic  
billboard where I know the size, and which (like paper) has a wide  
variety of decent viewing distances, then I see no reason why I should  
be prevented from setting the padding in inches and a div in feet. 
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