Resolution indpendence

Glynn Clements glynn at
Sat Jun 28 18:59:20 PDT 2008

David De La Harpe Golden wrote:

> > Failure to acknowledge this is one reason why pixel sizes persist. If
> > you use pixel sizes throughout, you get a form of resolution
> > independence that works perfectly in at least one sense. If the pixel
> > grid changes by 23%, *everything* changes by exactly the same factor. 
> That's just not "resolution independence". A 3" 1024x768 pixel display
> is much higher resolution than a 19" 1024x768 pixel display.   You're
> abusing the term "resolution" I think...

No, I'm abusing the term "independence".

Essentially, it continues to "work" at all resolutions. You might need
to use a magnifying glass, but at least you won't have UI components
sized for the 3" display ending up smaller than a pixel on the 19", or
the entire 3" screen taken up by two icons sized for a 19" display. 
IOW, everything is still "there".

Glynn Clements <glynn at>

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