4364Re: [PPLetterpress] What's the point?
- Jun 21, 2005At 3:40 PM -0400 6/21/05, Harold Kyle wrote:
>I was delighted to see in the Adobe Creative Suite 2, InDesign has an optionHi Harold
>to select the Traditional point measurement instead of the Postscript point
>(InDesign>Preferences...>Units & Measurements...). In this dialog box, the
>Postscript point measures 72 points to the inch where the Traditional point
>measures 72.27 (also available are 72.3 and 72.23). Unfortunately, according
>to www.onlineconversion.com, the REAL traditional printers' measurement was
>actually 72.5714286 to the inch. This website converts a TeX point to be
>72.27. Although TeX does predate Postscript, I'd hardly call it traditional.
>Nice try, though.
Thanks for the tip on www.onlineconversion.com. Certainly the web is deeper and wider all the time ;-)
Those traditional printers had better measuring sticks than I thought ;-)
Where exactly does this degree of precision arise in the conversion?
Looks a lot like statistical fudge to me.
I note also that the British/US point is= 0.0005 arms-length
or reverse, 2000 points to the arm's length...
Also, 1 pica = 12.0500503 point [Britain, US]
1 pica = 11.9999999 point [TeX]
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