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Re: Making pt a non-physical unit

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Date: Thu, 07 Jan 2010 09:16:54 -0500
Message-ID: <4B45ECD6.8080203@mit.edu>
To: Giuseppe Bilotta <giuseppe.bilotta@gmail.com>
CC: Jonathan Kew <jonathan@jfkew.plus.com>, www-style mailing list <www-style@w3.org>, "Robert O'Callahan" <robert@ocallahan.org>
On 1/7/10 4:16 AM, Giuseppe Bilotta wrote:
> Additionally, aside from layout liquidity (how many web pages
> actually still make use of that, though?), the screen rendering would
> be just a scaled version of the print rendering

This is false, since font metrics for a 16px font are not just 4/3 those 
for a 12px font.

> My vote goes to moving px from being a relative to being an absolute
> unit of measure, equal to 3/4pt.

Then there would be no unit at all to express "visible size" in CSS. 
That's what px do right now, and imo is the one thing that's most 
important for units used in CSS....

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