Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Aug 2008 13:48 UTC, submitted by jcornuz
GTK+ Red Hat's David Zeuthen blogged today about the huge patch he submitted to GTK+ that will allow the toolkit to achieve resolution independence - widget and font size adapting to your screen's real estate; no more tiny application lost in the corner of your high resolution screen. Although more work is obviously required, Zeuthen's idea is to use RI as the hot-new-feature selling point of the upcoming 3.0 GTK+ release. Discussion is going on in the gtk-devel mailing list and there is an ogg video of the feature in action.
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RE[3]: Resolution independence
by leos on Thu 7th Aug 2008 16:18 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Resolution independence"
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I'm on a 21" display at 1280x1024

That is really poor resolution for such a large monitor.

and most web pages have by default ridiculously small text.

Something is very wrong. You shouldn't have any problems with small text unless you're running really high resolutions, which you aren't.

In any case, if the DPI of your display is set properly, font size won't be a problem. Remember that pt is a physical size. So 8pt font size should be the same physical size on any screen if it is set up correctly.

Even better they completely ignore your selected font size and continue to use 5pt Comic Sans.

You can force override that in any browser. Most webpages choose reasonable fonts though.

The result is that I have to use a minimum font size of 20 which breaks half the pages out there

Your DPI is incorrect. In X, set the DisplaySize to the physical dimensions of your monitor (google for more info on how to do that).

Either that, or use FF3/Opera and use full page zoom to get bigger font sizes without breaking layouts.

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