Resolution indpendence

Behdad Esfahbod behdad at
Sat Jun 28 00:00:57 PDT 2008

On Fri, 2008-06-27 at 22:20 -0400, Jesse Ruffin wrote:
> Considering this view further, I decided that the actual DPI does not
> matter with today's programs. Scribus ( for example ) will show me
> both a page and a font rendered in perfect harmony, even if the DPI is
> totally messed up. When I look at the 100% view in any application the
> total pixels of the document bounds and the fonts are calculated using
> the same DPI values and will always be correct relative to each other.
> So DPI itself doesn't matter, as long it's constant.

That's not the point of getting correct DPI for desktop publishing.  The
point is, viewing your document at 100% in Scribus, then also printing
it on paper and putting the paper on your LCD screen, do they match?  If
not, you are using the wrong DPI.


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