My issue is specifically that I am making a map, but I am planning to use it in the digital format, where I am only limited to let say 1870x860 in size per map. The issue is that when I prepare the continental map, it does not fit in the aforementioned standard, so I may squeeze the image and it would fit, although alot of details will also be damaged from that, but that's another issue.
By squeezing I mean using height/width adjustments so that the map image would fit in the form prepared for it.
My question, however, is, does squeezing the image actually ruins or otherwise distorts the SCALE of the map in terms of scale accuracy in the overall scale-setting/mapmaking practice? Let's say, my map is scaled to represent 10 miles per inch, would squuezing its physical image height/width somehow intervene with that and give a bad/wrong result in scale? Does it matter scale accuracy-wise if the continent is accurately presented on the map in terms of its actual shape? Why?