screen physical size, DPI, font size - how does it work?

Nicolas Mailhot nicolas.mailhot at
Sun Oct 7 12:49:58 PDT 2007

Le dimanche 07 octobre 2007 à 21:18 +0200, Alexej Davidov a écrit :

> The default settings for GTK, QT, TK, IceWM, xterm, etc. are all much
> bigger. More like 12-14pt. Is this, because everybody has set a too low
> dpi value anyway and thus the default font setting are so big to
> compensate for this?

No, it is because you compensated at some time for your system
misconfiguration by increasing the pt sizes

12pt is considered the minimum size for presentations, and a good
default for texts that need to be read by everyone, including people
with bad eyesight. So 12pt is big.

Most people with good eyes prefer 10-11pt even when reading long
paperback novels

Nicolas Mailhot
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