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Re: font differences on a single machine ...

From: Peter Kerr <p.kerr@auckland.ac.nz>
Date: Sat, 8 Dec 2007 07:45:53 +1300
Cc: www-amaya@w3.org
Message-Id: <56619402-5899-4237-9D0E-64DB86646FB7@auckland.ac.nz>
To: ve3ll@cogeco.ca

On 8/12/2007, at 1:47 AM, ve3ll@cogeco.ca wrote:

> Can anyone point to what the standards-compliant browsers do?
> This is a joke -- correct ??


> Is there any known STANDARD
> the closest i have seen are recommendations....
> and I have yet to see a browser that meets the recommendations

And that's the wonderful(!) thing about Standards, and
Recommendations, and the internet: they're not mandatory,
you can choose to follow them or not, in whole or part.

> One can only learn from testing for themselves and what i see
> on a WinXp using 800x600 rez on a 15 inch mionitor

Which emphasises Leon's point that modern screens have
more pixels in the same physical space, and it looks as if
browser rendering engines are working to maintain the
apparent on screen size. Modern operating systems are also
developing (not yet for sale) "resolution independent graphics"
which means that if you specify 12pt you will get 1/6 inch
line height, always, at least if and when the browsers
cotton on to it...


We have known for a long time that IE does not follow
W3C recommendations or RFCs, there are even pages at ms.com
explaining why they don't. But since it's still the most
widely used browser, web authors have to pitch to its
deficiencies. FF is attempting to replace IE and so must
behave much the same not to upset users. Since the release
of Safari, and MS dropped IE for Mac like a hot potato,
I have stopped caring what my pages look like in IE.
Because I usually get similar results in Amaya and Safari
I tell complainers to get a standards compliant browser
(altho' we know there isn't any such)

How do Linux browsers deal with this?
Gecko/WebKit based Konqueror, Galeon, etc, vs. others?

Peter Kerr
Received on Friday, 7 December 2007 18:46:36 UTC

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