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

From: David Singer <singer@apple.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2010 17:29:44 +0800
Cc: Thibaut Sailly <thibaut@tsailly.net>, www-style@w3.org
Message-Id: <63523A00-AC8E-4481-BD87-33D5B6978C46@apple.com>
To: shelby@coolpage.com
Don't forget that a CSS pixel might not be a single device pixel.

On Oct 12, 2010, at 17:07 , Shelby Moore wrote:

> 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

David Singer
Multimedia and Software Standards, Apple Inc.
Received on Tuesday, 12 October 2010 09:30:21 UTC

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