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"Y&Y, Inc." <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 27 Nov 1998 09:54:34 -0500
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At 09:25 AM 98/11/27 , Hans Aberg wrote:

>Experimenting with laserprinting showed that 300 dpi is too low for
>displaying fonts correctly, so one needs at least 600 dpi for that. But to
>be on the sure side, laser probably want 1200 dpi.

When we were young we had to walk barefoot in the freezing cold and had
to read all our output from 300 dpi laser printers :-)   How spoilt we have
become.  For many years 300 dpi laser was the standard.  Of course 600 dpi
is better, but as for `readable', 300 dpi is perfectly adequate.  I would be happy
if my screen supported 300 dpi instead of 120 dpi.  But then my screen supports
multi-level gray tones, when the printer only has binary, so the
difference isn't *that* big.  Of course a 1600 x 1200 CRT costs a bit of money,
just like a decent printer.  One thing that helps is that I always use quality fonts
with ATM --- which despite complaints from R&R makes for great looking displays
on screen, unlike what you get with PS rasterizers...

>So, before that happens, it will not be possible to design documents to be
>read on the screen if that is to contain the (graphical) information we are
>used to on paper.

Yes, just as your transparencies for a talk are not made by copying the paper
you are talking about.  Ideally the design should fit the medium.

Regards Berthold.