Re: Units and resolution independence for gtk+

On 11 Aug 2008, at 14:04, Tommi Komulainen wrote:

On Thu, Aug 7, 2008 at 7:02 PM, Alexander Larsson <alexl redhat com> wrote:

Is a physical size units even interesting? It just generally leads to
DPI style flamewars. For instance, a projector screen is really large,
but you don't want tiny fonts anyway, because you watch it from far
away. Something similar but reversed applies for the case of handhelds.

FWIW physical sizes are convenient when defining a UI layout for
finger use, or physical interaction in general. A button must be at
least WxH mm to be usable with finger and describing that without
physical units loses some of the semantics.

Agreed, if we're harbouring any notion of writing mobile device guidelines at some point, being able to define certain elements using physical units would probably be useful.


CALUM BENSON, Usability Engineer       Sun Microsystems Ireland
mailto:calum benson sun com            GNOME Desktop Team             +353 1 819 9771

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