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Felix Miata mrmazda at
Sat May 7 00:31:46 UTC 2011

On 2011/05/06 16:00 (GMT-0700) Adam Williamson composed:

> On Fri, 2011-05-06 at 18:50 -0400, Felix Miata wrote:

>>  On 2011/05/06 15:17 (GMT-0700) Adam Williamson composed:

>>  >  My laptop is 1600x900 at 13" which is somewhere around 160ppi, but that
>>  >  doesn't do anything for my desktop. The best you can get in current
>>  >  desktop monitors is 1920x1080 at 21.5", which is only 102ppi. No-one
>>  >  seems to sell 1920x1080 displays smaller than 21.5", or higher
>>  >  resolution displays at that size or larger (any more). Your display -

>>  Sad, isn't it? It's a chicken/egg problem. Marketers don't want to build much

> Yeah, I know. But it makes your smug assertion that font rendering isn't
> a problem when you're running at 150ppi a little irrelevant :)

"A little" seems fair. Don't forget, laptops have been outselling desktops 
for half a decade, maybe longer. New laptop displays above 96 DPI are common 
if not the norm. And, it's typical that desktop displays are viewed at 
significantly longer distance than laptops, making their apparent pixel 
density higher. All of which makes a 11px font pretty tiny whether DPI is 120 
(6.6pt), 144 (5.5pt) or 160 (4.95pt) on a laptop, and more than 96 (@96 is 
8.25pt, but viewed from a 40% or so greater average distance) on a desktop.

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words are persuasive." Proverbs 16:21 (New Living Translation)

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