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That’s right, WUXGA. What?!

Over the past year or so, I’ve noticed a resurgence in the use of stupid jargon to describe the pixel dimensions of displays. Presumably this is driven by people who think that jargon is cool and that “noobs” should just keep away from computers because they’re “technical”.

It isn’t even as if using these acronyms makes any sense any more. The original acronyms described graphics hardware (and in particular the video display chipset), not the size of the screen; typically there were several display sizes associated with each acronym.

Anyway, let’s put these wretched things to bed. There’s no need to complicate matters by talking about WUXGA or WHSXGA or any of that nonsense. Let’s just use the pixel dimensions… much simpler and much easier for everyone to understand. What’s more, there’s no need to invent more superlatives every time display resolutions increase.