[thelist] Resizable Fonts

abbey abbey at abbeyink.com
Fri Feb 28 08:46:01 CST 2003

On Fri February 28 2003 4:42 am, Erik Mattheis wrote:
> In short, again, "Why are em / % superior to px?"

cuz a pixel is NOT a pixel -- I'm in a current running argument with a graphic
designer who demands pixel-precision. He wants the web page to look exactly
like it did when he mocked it up on his Mac in Photoshop.

I have a 19-inch monitor, running several different browsers, resolution is at
1200 or more and his 8 px fonts are hard on my eyes in Mozilla and NN 4.+
(yea, I keep it around for some testing) -- I just can't read it. Then,
there's all that extra white space from where the text should be which just
further complicates my life.

Fortunately, the project manager has the good sense to step in and let me use
relative sizing. I don't always win, but at least I'm not losing them all.

I used to use pixel definitions -- I was adamant about it. Then, I saw what it
looked like on a laptop with higher resolution, then I got the bigger monitor
for this machine, but the other machine has 800 res on a 15-inch monitor --
line up your pixel-defined pages on 3 different monitors and you'll learn to
love relative sizing.

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