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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 11:18:11 -0400
Message-ID: <3a70ddc21e5af88bb8e4906b86e1e894.squirrel@sm.webmail.pair.com>
To: "Felix Miata" <mrmazda@earthlink.net>
Cc: www-style@w3.org
Disagree because em is not suitable as a general metric for sizing,
because it is relative to current font, not to the current
psychophysically consistent unit (as I proposed in prior email reply to

Let's not conflate em with the psychophysically consistent unit. Please
see my prior reply to Peter.

> On 2010/10/12 23:13 (GMT+1100) Peter Moulder composed:
>> Using the em unit would sound like a good choice, but I'm told that it
>> too has
>> problems if many of your audience have an unsuitable default font size
>> and
>> won't change it.
> Of course there are exceptions to every rule. Some people simply will not
> do
> what they should do. This is no argument against sizing in em. All other
> options are worse.
> The only putatively legitimate reason not to size in em is the recurring
> image quality issue, to which I repeat should virtually always take a back
> seat to legibility, and has hope of eventual solution if web stylists quit
> avoiding the use of em for sizing.
> Every stylist should use em to decide how the puzzle pieces relate to each
> other, including sizing of both text and images, and every user should
> decide
> the em size that produces an acceptable comfort level. No better method
> exists, or is likely to exist during my lifetime.
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