Proposal: reduce base font size from 10pt to 9pt for Karmic Koala release

Conn subpsyke at
Sat Oct 10 20:00:03 UTC 2009

(My apologies Ethan & Felix, I sent to your personal e-mails and not the
list. Re-sending to the list).

On Sat, Oct 10, 2009 at 4:47 PM, Ethan Baldridge <
ethan at> wrote:

> Conn said:
> - Fonts currently look over-sized on the default configuration (96dpi,
> 10pt, subpixel smoothing & slight hinting)
> This is the problem I believe. Why is the default always 96dpi instead of
> the correct information from the EDID?
> $ xdpyinfo | grep -e "\(resolution\|dimensions\)"
>  dimensions:    1680x1050 pixels (474x303 millimeters)
>  resolution:    90x88 dots per inch

Indeed. My laptop's LCD screen should be using 91dpi, but it uses 96dpi by

conn at inspiron:~$ xdpyinfo | grep -e "\(resolution\|dimensions\)"
  dimensions:    1024x768 pixels (286x214 millimeters)
  resolution:    91x91 dots per inch

> Also, the default smoothing and hinting is supposed to be different based
> on whether you're connected to a CRT or an LCD - I'm pretty sure Ubuntu does
> do this. If you connect to a CRT you'll see grayscale smoothing, full
> hinting (or best contrast, I forget which). LCDs look better with subpixel
> smoothing, although I usually set the hinting to best contrast anyway
> though. :) But I can't test that changing hinting styles changes apparent
> font size (it is supposed to, but very minimally for most [i.e. written to
> spec] typefaces), as gnome-appearance-properties has been broken for me
> since very early in the Karmic dev cycle.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that all recent Ubuntu installations
will default to subpixel smoothing & slight hinting - no auto-detection is
performed. I can't be certain as I have been testing recent releases
exclusively on laptops.

It's too late now, but perhaps these two issues would have been suitable for
the 100 papercuts project to assess.
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