Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Sep 2010 19:14 UTC
Internet Explorer After several months and preview releases, Microsoft has finally lifted the curtain for the Windows Explorer 9 beta release. Internet Explorer 9 is Microsoft's attempt at not just catching up to the competition, but at actually surpassing them. Since enough sites will be focusing on just how many nanoseconds faster or slower the beta is compared to the competition, I'll talk a little about the new minimalist interface.
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nt_jerkface
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2009-08-26

They're using WPF? from what I understand they're using Direct2D/DirectWrite for their rendering which is hardware accelerated thus very much dependent on the quality of the underlying video card drivers.


Technically yes it is Direct2D but it's the same underlying problem. WPF is also hardware accelerated and basically has the same text renderer. I don't want to get into the details but they basically built WPF with the assumption that we would all have super high dpi monitors by now. Anyways it really pissed off a lot of .net developers since in many cases they didn't notice until testing the program later on a laptop with a lower res. Reverting back to GDI isn't something you can do with a couple clicks. Anyways MS improved the situation for WPF but it is still an issue for fonts that are not designed for ClearType. With most WPF .net applications you can control the font list but IE9 of course has a big problem which is web fonts.

Anyways this the problem in detail from MS without of course the part about pissing off .net developers:
http://windowsclient.net/wpf/white-papers/wpftextclarity.aspx

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