Fonts and point sizaes Mac/PC Part IV

I started thinking about point sizes on the Web, because of an article mentioned in one of my lists, that was talking about the best way to force the viewer to see the type size that you intended them to see on your web page (although I have told and been told, that unlike print, the whole point of the web is that everyone sees things differently.) Anyway, there was this article talking about how hard it was to get IE to behave, font wise. Designers and web designer have been trying their hardest to get fonts to sit up and behave, with the use of style sheets (CSS). Of course, sometimes they go overboard, using a specific font that only exists on certain computers. HP, for it’s internal pages, uses just Futura, because it is the company font, and therefore, all internal people should have it.

What is interesting, is that some people think it is a waste of time anyway, such as in this article, which says that it isn’t always possible, so don’t fret over it. I’ve seen people built their fonts in graphics, just so they get represented the way they feel they should be, which makes it certainly hard to zoom in on the words. Of course, it also matters what size you have set your screen resolution to be. I’m on a 22 inch monitor, and if someone has set very tiny type, I usually have to enlarge it to see it.

Actually, one should never set their type in their css to be points (as oppose to “ems” or “pixels”, as pointed out in this article. I tend to use pixels to size my fonts, but this article here says that ‘ems” are the way to go. I haven’t explored that very much, but have found the pixels are fine for now, because I haven’t gotten as far in designing in css as I could.

What is interesting is that the point dpi can be adjusted in some machines. This page give the way points look when set at various dpi’s.

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