fontsize and dpi (was Re: Beta2: Nice job!)

Daniel O'Connor doconnor at
Wed Aug 24 02:26:30 GMT 2005

On Wednesday 24 August 2005 10:59, Doug Barton wrote:
> Daniel O'Connor wrote:
> > You really shouldn't change your DPI as a way of modifying your font
> > size..
> >
> > Your display really is 75 (well 76) DPI
> Ca/usr/src/tools/tools/recoverdisk/n you explain a little more about that? 
I've never really understood the
> interactions of all these different elements.

Well DPI is the number of dots per inch your monitor shows.

When you say "I want a 8 point font" you mean "please make the font a size 
such that a lowercase x is 8/32 inches high on my display device".

So if you have a 76 DPI monitor it ends up 19 pixels high, and for a 300dpi 
printer it would be 75 pixels high, but as long as the DPI settings are 
correct they will be the same physical size.

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