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

Remco remco47 at
Sat Oct 10 22:03:10 UTC 2009

On Sat, Oct 10, 2009 at 22:01, Conn <subpsyke at> wrote:
> On Sat, Oct 10, 2009 at 1:15 PM, Felix Miata <mrmazda at> wrote:
>> Ditto. If those are in fact 9pt and not 8pt something is unusual on your
>> comparison XP. Windows UI fonts have usually been ridiculously small
>> (8pt),
>> but I have encountered the use of 9pt in W2K & WXP when "large" has not
>> been
>> selected in settings. The browser and office app document fonts have
>> always
>> been 12pt by default. The difference in size is a function of area, not
>> nominal size, meaning that 12pt is 2.25 times the size of 8pt (12^2 / 8^2)
>> and 1.78 times the size of 9pt (12^2 / 9^2).
> I dual-boot between XP and Ubuntu, and use a bookmark synchronization
> extension for Firefox. Looking at my Firefox bookmarks toolbar (which is
> identical in layout between operating systems), Windows XP can fit about 10
> bookmarks on-screen, whereas Ubuntu can fit only 7, or at most 8 with a
> short title. The entire interface of Ubuntu looks unnecessarily bloated.
> As I posted in my previous comment, my screen should use 91dpi rendering. I
> have manually set this value, and while fonts looks slightly more compact
> compared to the default setting, /in my opinion/, 10pt is still too bloated.

In my opinion, even a 9pt application font is still too bloated. I
have the following output from xdpyinfo:

  dimensions:    1920x1200 pixels (372x230 millimeters)
  resolution:    131x133 dots per inch

On this setup, with the correct DPI set, 10pt looks *huge*. 9pt is
still too much for my tastes. 8pt feels very natural.


Also, you can see in the 10pt and 9pt screenshots that the text of the
CPU monitor on the top panel doesn't fit inside the applet anymore.


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