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Re: [css3-values] Physical length units

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2012 13:41:48 -0500
Message-ID: <4F41426C.3060800@mit.edu>
To: Matthew Wilcox <elvendil@gmail.com>
CC: www-style@w3.org
On 2/19/12 12:03 PM, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> And how many people, in the wild, are using pt for screen CSS at the moment?
> Serious question by the way. I'd have imagined very few (I've never
> come across it).

For real?

Your e-mail provider has tons of style rules in its stylesheet that set 
font sizes in pt.

The google.com front page has font sizes in pt.

It's pretty common.

>> 1)  Make 12pt actually be 1/6 of a physical inch.  This has been tried, and
>> it breaks pages.
> I imagine it does. But that's still the right thing to do.

How is it the right thing to do to purposefully break lot of existing 
pages?  Why would UAs ever do that?  Why would it be good for users or 

Why is it good if people using a web browser in 5 years can't view 
pages, whether archived or just still extant, that were authored any 
time in the last 16 years?

> The problem is CSS's inability to use specified versions.

It's not clear that this is a "problem".  I suggest you read some of the 
things David Baron has written about versioning proposals in the past 
(e.g. in the context of versioning HTML, which is likewise unversioned).

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