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

From: Ambrose LI <ambrose.li@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2011 15:11:27 -0400
Message-ID: <CADJvFOULwawS+2HM4iRcrK4TWdHoNZkxLkTnGg=ikTH-76Dw7g@mail.gmail.com>
To: Brad Kemper <brad.kemper@gmail.com>
Cc: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu>, www-style@w3.org
2011/10/26 Brad Kemper <brad.kemper@gmail.com>

> Right. Another similar case is flat screen TVs being used as posters. I see
> these in department stores all the time (often turned vertically), and the
> viewing distance is often within arms reach or so.

The problem is that when they are used as posters, they are designed as
posters and the designer knows this. The designer will not be using media
queries to do any adaptations because the page is made for a specific
purpose. When we do large outdoor posters we think in inches, and we know
(ok, Iím using we loosely here, but at one time I knew) approximately how
many inches will be seen as how many points at what distance, and we exploit
this so that the poster will be seen differently at different distances. We
donít want the system to touch our specs. We want it to do what we tell them
to do.

And in a sense this is also precisely why I said during the last discussion
that you shouldnít consider projectors from the back of a room.

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