[webkit-dev] Switching away from integers for layout

Robert O'Callahan robert at ocallahan.org
Tue Jun 28 17:29:50 PDT 2011

On Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 7:11 AM, Levi Weintraub <leviw at google.com> wrote:

> Emil and I looked into what Firefox did. They did go with a
> fixed-point-esque approach where one of their units represents 1/96th of a
> pixel. That number should tell you something about when this work was done,
> and they were mostly concerned about performance.

Back in the mists of time the units were variable and sometimes equal to
1/96 of a pixel. More recently (but still years ago) we changed to 1/60 of a
CSS pixel. And we chose fixed-point-esque not just because of performance
but also because you keep useful properties such as associativity and

If you're doing performance tests, make sure you test on ARM systems, which
have widely varying floating-point capabilities.

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