|Twips are screen-independent units used to ensure that
the placement and proportion of screen elements in your screen application are the same on
all display systems. A twip is a unit of screen measurement equal to 1/20 of a printer's
point. The conversion between twips and inches/centimeters/millimeters is as follows:
are approximately 1440 twips to a inch (the length of a screen item measuring one inch
As there are 2.54 centimeters to 1 inch, then there are approximately 567 twips to a
centimeter (the length of a screen item measuring one centimeter when printed).
Or in millimeters, as there are 25.4 millimeters to 1 inch, therefore there are
approximately 56.7 twips to a millimeter (the length of a screen item measuring one
millimeter when printed).
Note: Twips are sometimes confused with pixels, which is short for
'picture element'. A pixel is a dot that represents the smallest graphical unit of
measurement on a screen. A pixel is screen-dependent; that is, the
dimensions of screen elements vary with the display system and resolution.