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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That article talks about rendering text at "small sizes", but even large sized text isn't rendered correctly.
The IE9 "Welcome" screen itself:

The big blue "welcome to a more beautiful web" text is jaggy, particularly noticeable on the "e" and "a" characters, but almost all of the characters are bad. Zooming only enhances the jaggies.

Yet if I go to the IE9 Test page ( (the one that the IE9 Platform Preview has been using)), the text looks fine, both in general and in the various DirectWrite and WebFont tests (the rendering, animation, scrolling, and zooming is all fine). I assume that DirectWrite has trouble with certain fonts, but it's weird that the IE9 Welcome page would use one of the problematic fonts.

Anyway, the IE blog says that they're aware of the text rendering issues and will address them in an update to the beta.

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