[CentOS] OT: Web page and firefox problem

Anne Wilson cannewilson at googlemail.com
Fri Jun 20 15:44:40 UTC 2008

On Friday 20 June 2008 16:04:27 Bart Schaefer wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 7:42 AM, Anne Wilson <cannewilson at googlemail.com> 
> > I've fixed it by uploading a pdf instead of the original jpg, but I'd
> > dearly like to know why firefox thought it should be scaled like that.
> Apparently the justification for this is that it makes Firefox work
> better on PDAs and other small-screen devices.  Firefox3 introduced
> "automatic image scaling" which IE has had for some years.  Here's a
> post where someone describes his frustration with image scaling in IE7
> (at least as far as I know Firefox doesn't get confused by DPI
> settings):
> http://weblogs.java.net/blog/chet/archive/2006/10/get_the_artifac.html
> What annoys me about this in FF3 is that the feature is on by default
> and the standard preferences dialog doesn't offer a way to disable it.
>  Instead you have to go into about:config as described here:
> http://www.tipstrs.com/tip/683/Scaling-image-in-Firefox
> Of course this doesn't help page designers who can't tell whether
> their visitor's browser has scaling enabled or not.
In fact it makes for a real mess.  Hopefully these days everyone has some sort 
of pdf reader, so that's going to have to be the solution, but it's far from 
idea.  No application should be making decisions for me unless I ask it to.  
If I want to use such a settings, say for the EeePC, then I, as the user, 
should enable it.  This is absolutely crazy.

Thanks for pointing me to that blog.  It certainly explains what's happening.


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