[Bug 78687] Re: [Edgy] Default font in Firefox too big

Felix Miata mrmazda at ij.net
Mon Aug 18 13:15:54 UTC 2008

*** This bug is a duplicate of bug 118745 ***

This bug is in a sense a DPI issue, but Firefox is behaving as expected,
and this bug is not a duplicate of bug 118745.

Unlike the rest of a typical X desktop, in which font sizes are set and
customized in pt sizes, Firefox defaults are set in px. Firefox's
default default is 16px, (shown in default font settings "advanced",
even though omitted from the initial settings tab) which is designed
correspond to 12pt @ a DPI of 96, the DPI used by default in M$ Windows.
Because the pt size to px size relationship varies with DPI, it is
expected behavior for Firefox defaults to be "too big" or "too small"
when DPI varies from 96, In this case, your DPI is lower, making 16px
"too big". For those with high resolution screens, 16px will typically
be "too small".

No fix for bug 118745 can or will change this. A fix for
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=414427 or a similar
upstream bug for have to be fixed for this problem to go away in default
profiles. User solution currently requires manually changing the Firefox

[Edgy] Default font in Firefox too big
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