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Re: about the use of pixels as a unit for typography

From: Shelby Moore <shelby@coolpage.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2010 05:07:31 -0400
Message-ID: <d34ea0cba4c28d69812e9d52c2ef6914.squirrel@sm.webmail.pair.com>
To: "Thibaut Sailly" <thibaut@tsailly.net>
Cc: www-style@w3.org
px units should be deprecated and discouraged, but to get there we need an
image format which can contain multiple interlaced resolutions, so that
devices can load only up the resolution they need.  Then we can also
specify <img> dimensions in proportional units (e.g. pt, em, vh, ...).

> Hello all,
>
> here is a link to an article I posted last week about the use of pixels as
> a unit in web design.
> Daniel Glazman suggested I post it here after I pinged him on Twitter
> about it.
>
> So here it is, I hope it'll be worth you time:
> http://bureau.tsailly.net/2010/10/honey-i-shrunk-the-pixels.html
>
> Long story short : pixels are vanishing from the visible world because
> screen density rises, and screen densities get very diverse from devices
> to others. It makes setting text to a precise physical size on screens
> less meaningful and very difficult.
>
> Thank you,
> Thibaut
>
>
>
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