(1) For fixed-pitch (or monospaced) fonts, pitch refers to the number of characters printed per inch. Pitch is one characteristic of a monospaced font. Common pitch values are 10 and 12.
In proportional-pitch fonts, different characters have different widths, depending on their size. For example, the letter d would be wider than the letter I. Proportional fonts, therefore, have no pitch value.
(2) In graphics, dot pitch refers to the spacing between pixels on a monitor. The smaller the dot pitch, the sharper the image.
Short for Picture Element, a pixel is a single point in a graphic image. Graphics monitors display pictures by dividing the display screen into thousands (or millions) of pixels, arranged in rows and columns. The pixels are so close together that they appear connected. The number of bits used to represent each pixel determines how […]
- pixel pipelines
The part of a video card that transfers pixel information. The amount of pixel pipelines a graphics card has can have a great impact on the speed of the image rendering. The more pixel pipelines, the faster the video card can process pixels. A card with eight pipelines can process twice as many pixels as […]
(adj.) (1) Describes an image in which individual pixels are apparent to the naked eye. Typically, the separate square pixels in bitmapped images such as GIFs do not appear individually. When the image is displayed too large or at a low resolution the image becomes pixelated (this is sometimes done purposely for special effect). (2) […]
- plain text
Refers to textual data in ASCII format. Plain text is the most portable format because it is supported by nearly every application on every machine. It is quite limited, however, because it cannot contain any formatting commands. In cryptography, plain text refers to any message that is not encrypted. Contrast with cipher text. Plain text […]
- plasma TV
Plasma TV’s create a picture from a gas (plasma) filled with xenon and neon atoms and millions of electrically charged atoms and electrons, that collide when you turn the power on. The energy the collision releases increases the energy level in the plasma and the neon and xenon release photons of light (similar to the […]