Understanding type measurement unit options


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Understanding type measurement unit options

When specifying type for a web site, one of the first decisions a designer must make, is which kind of measurement unit to use. Pixels, percents and ems, are among the most common choices. Although there is a trend in particular a direction, designers are really all over the map on this question. This chapter will explain the differences in the various measurement units, and explore the options, so you can make an informed choice. Type measurement units fall into two camps, Fixed and Percentage.

Generally, Typeset in fixed measurement units like pixels, do not scale, while type defined in the percentage-based unit, like Ems, do. Pixels are an absolute measurement that defines the size of the type, based on the screen resolution. Besides Pixels, other Fixed Measurement Units include Points, Inches, Centimeters and Millimeters. Among Percentage Measurement Units, are Percent, Ems and Exes. Ems are based, on the width of the widest letter of the alphabet, which as you may have guessed is the ...

Understanding type measurement unit options
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Understanding type measurement unit options provides you with in-depth training on Web. Taught by Joseph Lowery as part of the Typography with CSS in Dreamweaver

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