Resolution indpendence

Soeren Sandmann sandmann at
Fri Jun 27 07:49:07 PDT 2008

Behdad Esfahbod <behdad at> writes:

> On Fri, 2008-06-27 at 10:59 +0200, Soeren Sandmann wrote:
> > The upcoming GNOME will simply set it to 96.
> SRSLY?  That would be a regression.  Right now GNOME nicely detects my
> 114dpi screen and uses right size fonts.  96 would look really
> small.

Bah, I knew I shouldn't have posted about this.

(1) The number is fundamentally meaningless because an X "Screen" can
    be made up of several physical screens.

(2) The DPI is insufficient to compute any font size anyway because
    the right one also depends on the distance to the screen. You
    really don't want 3 point fonts on a projector. You want
    essentially the same size fonts as on your desktop. 

(3) Monitors often do not report a dpi, and when they do, they are
    often wrong. Projectors don't have any way of knowing their dpi,
    so some don't report any, and some claim to be 60" screens.

(4) You can override it in the control center anyway.


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