Re: font size equivalence

Subject: Re: font size equivalence
From: bryan -dot- westbrook -at- amd -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2001 13:28:35 -0600

One thing that I think people are losing sight of in the age of WYSIWYG HTML
programs is that HTML was never meant to allow exact layout control.

I have been absolutely abhorred by the output of a WYSIWYG program recently.
I revised a document that was basically one big table over 13 pages. The
software had inserted font face, size, and color tags (as well as several
other formatting tags including a cell width) for every cell of that table.
It also included a bunch of UML tags and a bunch of other worthless stuff,
like a table width requirement that wasted more than 30% of the screen.

By the time I was through cleaning that mess up, not only did it look better
but it was only 10% of the original size and was compatible all the way back
to the earliest browsers that allow tables.

-----Original Message-----
From: Dick Margulis [mailto:margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net]
Sent: Wednesday, January 17, 2001 1:05 PM
Subject: Re: font size equivalence

The HTML font sizes are relative to the user's selected browser preferences.
Different browsers interpret point sizes and pixel counts differently (look
at the same page in Netscape and IE to see what I mean); so it's really not
possible to equate the two numbering systems.

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