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Re: Making pt a non-physical unit

From: Giuseppe Bilotta <giuseppe.bilotta@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2010 21:35:26 +0100
Message-ID: <cb7bb73a1001061235m7acc8a47h170721f0ce57ffc1@mail.gmail.com>
To: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu>
Cc: www-style <www-style@w3.org>
On Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 8:14 PM, Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu> wrote:
> On 1/6/10 2:07 PM, Giuseppe Bilotta wrote:
>> My not-so-limited experience with a 133dpi monitor and Windows was
>> that setting the 'font DPI' to something else than 96 made almost
>> every single application break in one way or another (even for simple
>> UI elements like dialogs)
> This is exactly what happens with web pages as well, and for the same
> reasons.

Exactly. And what is being proposed here is to make this horrible,
broken behavior the 'standard'.

>> This is fixed by fixing the broken applications.
> Unfortunately, "fixing" a nontrivial portion of the web is well-nigh
> impossible.

It surely is impossible if UAs decide to adopt the broken behavior as
standard. If UAs make an effort instead to implement things properly,
working around broken sites with something similar to the Quirks mode
or other workaround used to deal with messy pages, it can be fixed.

I don't expect it to be fixed overnight, obviously, but with the
growing attention to web standards conformance and correctness,
expect it to (slowly) gain ground, just like all other aspects of
proper web design are.

Giuseppe "Oblomov" Bilotta
Received on Wednesday, 6 January 2010 20:36:19 UTC

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