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Re: [CSS21] Issue 149 - px vs. pt

From: David Singer <singer@apple.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2010 15:11:05 -0700
Cc: Brad Kemper <brad.kemper@gmail.com>, fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>, "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
Message-Id: <066EA2A9-5CD5-4322-8A3B-74FB7CBC2863@apple.com>
To: robert@ocallahan.org

On Jun 29, 2010, at 12:27 , Robert O'Callahan wrote:

> On Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 4:56 AM, David Singer <singer@apple.com> wrote:
> The problem comes when you have a device with say 300dpi.  If you want 96 px/in, and CSS pixels are an integer number of device pixels, then you have to pick 3:1 for that ratio, which results in a CSS inch being 288 (3*96) device pixels, which is about 4% short of a true inch.  Basically, something has to give:
> * 96 CSS px/in
> * integer relationship
> * true measurements
> If you anchor in true measurements, and the 96 px/in is inviolable, then it has to be the integer relationship that gives.  I think in print media in particular, people expect inches to be inches, not 4% wrong.
> The best approach would depend on the details of the device.
> For genuine printing, even at 300dpi you don't get sharp-edged pixels because of effects like ink bleeding, and you don't care about the performance impact of non-pixel-aligned drawing, so there is no reason to make 1px is an integer number of ink dots; you would prefer to make 1in be a physical inch.

right, you go choice (a) the physical length units (inch, cm ertc.) are your anchor
> On the other hand, on a 300dpi LCD screen you would probably want to make 1px 3 screen pixels.

right, you go choice (b), the reference pixel (a multiple of the device pixels) is your anchor.

> Rob
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David Singer
Multimedia and Software Standards, Apple Inc.
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