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From Jeremy Quinn <>
Subject Re: Forrest (a.k.a. 2.0)
Date Sat, 22 Dec 2001 11:12:00 GMT
At 9:23 am -0500 21/12/01, Diana Shannon wrote:
>>> Consider using the unit pixel (px) instead of the unit point (pt) for font
>>> sizes, as this (I believe) ensures the closest possible similarity
>>> x-platform regarding font sizes.
>> this is extremely wrong. An inch on a mac screen contains far less pixels
>> (72?) than a windows pc screen (96?). The best cross-platform unit sizing
>> for good control is 'em'
>> -- so you will have wide variations between platforms if you use px.  In
>> addition your users cannot resize the text if they want to see it larger.

The relative screen real estate will be different, but the size
relationship between the parts (images, fonts, table-widths etc) will
remain the same.

>Well, the following article makes a reasonable argument for pixels. You may
>want to check out:

So does this (with screenshots).


The situation with font sizes is extremely pickled!
Yes Mac is based on 72 dpi and Windows defaults to 96 dpi, but it is more
complicated than this ..... for instance new versions of IE for Mac
"emulate" 96dpi, to try and limit the difference.

regards Jeremy

   Jeremy Quinn                                           Karma Divers
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                                            HyperMedia Research Centre

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