fontsize and dpi

Simon Dick simond at
Fri Aug 26 20:42:57 GMT 2005

-----Original Message-----
>From: "M. Warner Losh"<imp at>
>Sent: 26/08/05 06:54:38
>To: "dimitry at"<dimitry at>
>Cc: "dougb at"<dougb at>, "past at"<past at>, "freebsd-current at"<freebsd-current at>
>Subject: Re: fontsize and dpi
>In message: <1977535713.20050825222803 at>
>            Dimitry Andric <dimitry at> writes:
>: On 2005-08-24 at 22:49:58 Panagiotis Astithas wrote:
>: > Yeah, it seems that GNOME is imitating Windows in this. On Windows XP I
>: > get 96 dpi hardcoded, but I can change it to 120 dpi or some custom 
>: > value. Funny, even Microsoft faces this issue...
>: A lot of GUI "designers" simply assume fixed font sizes (i.e. in
>: pixels), to make layout of dialog boxes etc. much easier.  It's a lot
>: harder to make a fully resizable design, that also adopts to different
>: font sizes and/or styles.  So if you (like me) have a 22" monitor with
>: 1920x1440 resolution, you end up with extremely tiny, almost
>: unreadable dialogs in most applications. :(
>And to think that 50MHz sparcs were powerful enough to run a toolkit
>that I once worked on that did automatic layout so that things would
>line up, even when font sizes change on complex forms.  Glad to see
>that marketing triumped over technology :-(

Even my old 14MHz amiga had toolkits like MUI which did that

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