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You're both correct. And not.
Ton, your response is correct in that the method, (or more accurately, the best you can do), in InDesign is work in 1pt-to-1px and deal with it from there.
But the OP is not wrong to conclude that points do not equal pixels.
No constant unit of measure = 1 pixel. Pixel size is not a constant. Neither is the size of a capital A set at 20 points; unless it's always the same font. Type size when rendered in a browser, (which I assume is ultimately the product here), is even further removed from control.
You're in an area where the subjectivity is inescapable.
If you want your InDesign-set A to equal 20 Photoshop pixels, on your display, at whatever resolution you're working at in Photoshop, set it at 20 pixels high in Photoshop; save as PDF; place in InDesign; match by eye.
Of course "points" do not equal "pixels". Even points do not equal points (you can choose between 4 different point sizes in InDesign's preferences). And depending on the resolution of the display the pixel size may vary.
To get something reliable between InDesign and Photoshop you have to tell them what a pixel is in size, in this case how many pixels will fit in an inch.
Yes, you understand that, as I suspected.
Most of my subsequent explanation was not aimed at you, but rather at the OP's simplistic "A" comparison and request for a workaround. I apologize if that wasn't clear.
Ok, I know why you dont understand my question. I should have said, that points in InDesign do not equal pixels in HTML (and I should have left Photoshop out of it).
My problem is going directly from InDesign to HTML CSS code. I used to be able to look at the type in my layout sketch in InDesign, select pixels in the units preferences and (assuming I am using the same webfont thanks to google fonts and the @fontface style) the font size would match exactly when I view the webpage in a browser. But now, when I try to code my webpage fonts in pixels, using the value from InDesign's points, fonts sizes dont match when viewed in borwser. This may seem like I am splitting hairs to you but it makes a big difference if I can just look at my InDesign sketch and see the excact size of the type without having to export a tracing/guide image and try to match visually. It just worked when I could see font size in pixles in InDesign in CS 5.5 but does not work in CS 6.
Try a test: make a div in webpage with same pixel size as an InDeisgn doc. Use a defualt font like helvetic that is aval. to both InDesign and your browser. A 20 point word will not match a 20 pixel word in the same font.
Also: I believe I rulled out any font replacment issues. For my designes, I am using the same font in both the InDesign doc and webpage code. I am using google fonts (donloaded for indesign and "link href" in head of code on webpage and/or using the @fontface style).
That looks like a totally different question to me, but that has been answered to you in the original thread too.
See the answer by Bob Day on how to get the preview in InDesign the same as in Photoshop or the Browser.
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Just go to Photoshop>Preferences>Units and ruler here in the unit box there is a dropdown called type (by default its set to points). you can change your preference to pixels there. this is on MAC photoshop CC 2014
Thank you, my dear compadre.
Simple and effective, thank you!