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Re: font differences on a single machine ...

From: David Woolley <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>
Date: Sun, 09 Dec 2007 10:25:54 +0000
Message-ID: <475BC2A9.9000401@david-woolley.me.uk>
To: www-amaya@w3.org

 > 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...

That's what one would expect, and one would also expect 1px to be one 
device pixel for typical screen resolutions.

The other thing one should expect is that the default font size is the 
one chosen by the user to be the size they find easiest to read (so you 
should never override it for body text and should be very wary of going 
below it).

One problem, though, is that the browser often doesn't know the number 
of pixels for inch on the display.   Plug and play monitors may help 
here, but the alternative of having the user calibrate the value doesn't 
work for mass market users.

David Woolley
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Received on Sunday, 9 December 2007 11:57:54 UTC

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