[thelist] Mac X PC

Hassan Schroeder hassan at webtuitive.com
Wed May 16 13:01:22 CDT 2001

Morbus Iff wrote:
>  >The biggest difference I can think of is font sizes in using CSS.  12 point
>  >seems to be a lot smaller on the Mac than on the PC.  
> Quite true - which is why you'd want to use pixels and not points, even
> though w3c recommends against. 12px on a Mac is the same as on Windows, and
> so forth.

uh, true - but also 12px on a Sun, or other hi-res platform ... 

A 12px Helvetica font on my Windows display: 17" monitor @ 1024 x  768 
is comfortably readable; the same on my Sun: 17" monitor @ 1152 x  900
is barely readable, and newer Suns have resolutions up to  1600 x 1200.

My current practice is to use relative sizes ("large", "medium", etc.) 
to allow scaling per the user's personal font preferences setting.

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