[thelist] Print Page Dimensions

Dougal Campbell dougal at gunters.org
Tue Nov 25 16:58:37 CST 2003

On Tue, 25 Nov 2003, Rob Smith wrote:

> Greetings fellow earthlings,
> Does anyone know the exact pixel dimension for a standard printable space on
> an 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper? A4?

The problem is, that the answer will depend on the printer. The anser
will be "dpi of printer X dimension of paper".

If your printer prints at 300dpi, and your paper is 8.5" X 11", then the
"pixel" dimensions of your page would be 2550 X 3300. If your printer
prints at a higher or lower dpi, then the answer changes accordingly.

But I'm wondering if that is really the question that you are trying to
ask, because your later message mentioned something about monitor specs.

If trying to figure something out about how things will print from a
browser, then that's a whole different ball game. Browsers get to decide
how they would like to resize images for print vs. display. They'll
typically resample images before printing, to simulate the image size in
relation to text size on the screen.

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