[maemo-users] writing HTML for tablets

From: hendrik at topoi.pooq.com hendrik at topoi.pooq.com
Date: Sat Apr 12 21:01:07 EEST 2008
On Sat, Apr 12, 2008 at 07:55:15PM +0200, Olivier Ricou wrote:
> die 12/04/08, ad 19h20, Andrew Daviel <advax at triumf.ca> dixit :
> > The Nokia tablets are 800x480, and I can't see pocket PC displays getting 
> > much bigger than 1000x500. If they were physically larger, they would not 
> > fit in a pocket, and if the pixels were smaller you would need reading 
> > glasses (I already need 3 diopter glasses; I only need 1.0 for a PC 
> > screen or paperbacks in good light...).
> You have the feeling your eyes cannot see a higher resolution but
> you are wrong (*). For usual text I agree low resolution is ok however
> if you read a PDF or any antialiasing text, if you look at a movie,
> you will appreciate to have a better resolution. Think that 300dpi
> printers have been replaced by 600dpi ones when most screen are
> less than 100dpi. I have a 1600x1200 15" screen and before I had
> a 1400x1050 for the same size. I do appreciate the difference
> and since my computer is quite old, I look for higher resolution.
> The only limit I can see is the size of the text in mm (or inches)
> which is quite different since you always can increase the size
> of the font if your resolution increase. 

The big problem is that a lot os servers ignore the user's settings, so 
they specify the sizes of text boxes explicitly in pixels based on their 
specified font sizes, regardless of the browser's minimum font size.
So in practice, I often don't have the option of increasing font size to 
make text readable.

That said, my glasses are approximately -7 diopters.  I can see 
all the pixels I want by taking my glasses off and holding my n800 
about 12 cm from my nose.

-- hendrik

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