[Fontconfig] high dpi displays

Raimund Steger rs at mytum.de
Wed Apr 25 00:27:13 PDT 2012

Eric Rannaud wrote:
> [...]
> Actually, for a bit of history, Windows Longhorn/Vista was supposed to
> jumpstart a revolution in screen resolution. Microsoft reworked the
> whole graphic stack (including font rendering) to make it a lot more
> resolution independent. They were aiming for desktop monitors with at
> least 3200x2000 pixels. See this 2004 story on Slashdot
> (http://tech.slashdot.org/story/04/07/30/238200/longhorns-windows-graphics-foundation-examined).
> It never happened, and it was for a number of reasons:
> 1- Many, many Windows applications assume about 72 ppi and render
> unscaled bitmaps to the screen. All those 16x16 icons? Totally

Yeah, and in places where it's totally unnecessary as well, like all 
those camera/CD burner/media player apps that wanted to make their 
window look like some kind of appliance :-)

> It's interesting to compare that episode with the current software
> situation on Android/iOS/Metro. The HTML rendering model has taken the

Yes I think the only way for Microsoft to get consumers onto high-dpi 
displays will be Metro, and the Classic desktop running scaled on top of 
Hyper-V or whatever.
For corporate desktops/Citrix/NX etc. I don't see it in the nearer 
future though.


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