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[Bug 373090] fonts are very small on lcd-tv
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  • Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2008 11:46:40 -0600 (MDT)
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User mfabian@xxxxxxxxxx added comment

--- Comment #10 from Mike Fabian <mfabian@xxxxxxxxxx> 2008-03-26 11:46:39 MST
Stefan Assmann> new xorg log with native res of 1360x768, font is
Stefan Assmann> still very small

Looks better in your log because at least the dpi is symmetrical now.

(**) NV(0): Display dimensions: (885, 497) mm
(**) NV(0): DPI set to (39, 39)

But, of course the fonts are too small. 39 dpi is of course
a very small resolution and a 10 point font will not have enough
pixels at that resolution to be readable.

I think the main problem is that a regular monitor is designed
to be viewed from a distance of 50 cm whereas this TV screen
is designed to be viewed from a distance of maybe 5 meters.

To fix this, I see only two possibilities:

1) use 10 times bigger fonts by default, i.e. use 50 point fonts
by default.
(KDE cannot do this automatically, how should KDE know that
the distance to the screen is so huge?)

2) Lie about your DisplaySize, i.e. make the values for the x- and
the y-axis in xorg.conf 10 times smaller than they really are,
you will get 10 times bigger fonts then without having to edit
many config files.

I can’t think of a method to do this automatically unless there
is a way to detect TV screens and then assume that they are far away
and use interpolate the DisplaySize to the “normal” viewing
distance of a monitor, i.e. about 50 cm.

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