I am using Inkscape 0.91 for Ubuntu and am working on a template. The unit chosen for the document is pixels, the font size for the menu items Open Sans 14px all caps. But when I check the font size in the XML editor it states it is 17.5px . Why is that?


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It seems fonts used to be in px, but earlier this year after a five year debate has been turned into pt. And on hover I finally saw it too:

font in pixels

As I chose pixels for the document as default and for dimensions Inkscape calculates a value in pixels and adds it to the source code. This leads to odd numbers sometimes like 28.6666 or the likes. This is rather unfortunate as I am using this for webdesign. Will have to think about the general setup here.

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    I read through that debate and I'm more confused than ever. From what I can tell, print users are arguing it should be pt, and web folks are arguing px. But in 2015, I think that just makes things worse...as both pt and px are used for both. Seems that inkscape should simply have the font size adhere to the document unit preference.
    – DA01
    Commented Sep 28, 2015 at 18:21
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    I asked in the linked issue to make the font unit modifiable. Commented Aug 23, 2018 at 18:41

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