> >My question to you is why a box of 100px equals a inch
> measured by a
> >ruler and not what I expected 96px?
> Don't understand the statement.
I'll take a stab at this one...
PPI/DPI is not an accurate measure of PHYSICAL dimensions on a monitor due
to the PHYSICAL size of the monitor. (I recall a message from a previous
poster conveyed this.)
If I have my Win OS set to 96 dpi (that is DOTS = PIXELS; DOTS <> POINTS) on
a 1920x1200 monitor the size of a ONE INCH object will be different if that
1920x1200 monitor is a 21", 24", on 15" laptop monitor. I know this to be a
fact because I run my laptop at 1920x1200 and the diagonal measure is
approx. 15.4". I have the same resolution set on my 24" desktop monitor,
because that monitor is approx. 55% larger in size.
On Windows, if you need it to be remotely accurate in representing PHYSICAL
SIZE, the *best case* is to use the CUSTOM DPI setting and slap a ruler up
to your monitor. But do this with a word of caution... many applications
dialog boxes, menus, and other elements that contain text, were laid out
based on the default 96 DPI. They start "breaking" once you muck with it
(which is a whole different rant in and of itself.)
Rob Emenecker @ Hairy Dog Digital
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