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Re: User Agents Do Not Implement Absolute Length Units, Places Responsive Design in Jeopardy

From: Brian Blakely <anewpage.media@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2011 14:35:52 -0400
Message-ID: <CAJGQg4GKQNN7mnHYjWFVMeQHguRXi=0NymwRcCVCuBTOVc7nYg@mail.gmail.com>
To: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu>
Cc: www-style@w3.org

I apologize if I was not clear before.

We need to know the physical dimensions of the user's screen, which could
very well be accomplished if the inch and centimeter unit types actually
represented inches and centimeters in meatspace, which they do not at

Were these units accurate, Media Queries could then be used to facilitate
responsive design across variable-sized devices in the future.


On Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 1:56 PM, Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu> wrote:

> On 10/5/11 1:47 PM, Brian Blakely wrote:
>> Linear size is all that makes sense to me for the absolute coordinates
>> currently defined.
> "px" are a measure of angular size, not linear size, in CSS.
> But that wasn't my question.  My question is what information you're
> actually trying to get, not what CSS does or doesn't allow you to do right
> now.  Once I understand what problem you're trying to solve, I'll be in a
> better position to say something meaningful...
>  UAs do have to fix this behavior, so why hasn't it been fixed?
> Which behavior?  Are you talking "fix" as in "make not broken" or "fix" as
> in "make unchanging"?  My mail used it in the latter sense, which may be
> confusing in this context...
> -Boris
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