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

Wilko Bulte wb at
Wed Aug 24 07:20:35 GMT 2005

On Wed, Aug 24, 2005 at 04:15:19AM +0200, Andrew Tomazos wrote..
> > > You really shouldn't change your DPI as a way of modifying your font
> > size..
> > >
> > > Your display really is 75 (well 76) DPI
> > 
> > Can you explain a little more about that? I've never really understood the
> > interactions of all these different elements.
> DPI stands for dots per inch.  It is the number of pixels (the individual
> dots your screen grid is made out of) that fit into one-inch of the screen.
> Theoretically you should set that to what it actually is.
> By lieing to the computer and telling it you've got 100 DPI rather than 75
> DPI you convince it to make everything change size -- which makes your fonts
> the size you want them.
> However this is a perversion you will suffer for later, (if you ever print
> something out for example) - because the computer thinks everything is a
> different size than what it actually is.
> Don't lie to your computer!  You should have a relationship based on
> honesty.

I'm afraid lying between computers and people became common when 
MS Windows entered the market.


BTW: not only lying, also cursing.  With the human doing the cursing.

Wilko Bulte				wilko at

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