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Release One > Relative vs. Absolute

Relative vs. Absolute

An absolute unit is a length with a predefined meaning; cm, in, and pt stand for centimeter, inch, and point, respectively. Each of those is a measurement with an accepted real-world value, and it is impossible to successfully argue that 2.5 cm is equal to a foot and a half, for example.

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If you use a modern OS with some form of font smoothing, like Mac OS X or Windows XP (you have to manually turn on the ClearType font-rendering feature in Windows XP, though), you might be able to distinguish the fonts within Release One without much effort (FIGURES 2 and 3). If you don’t have font smoothing, however, you might need some extra help to read the text (FIGURE 4). While some fonts hold up with surprising fidelity at small sizes—Verdana is a good example—some become illegible.



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