Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 21:28 UTC
Windows A very detailed post at the Building Windows 8 blog about the graphics subsystem in Windows 8 - very interesting. One part stood out to me, though: "The Metro style design language is typographically rich and a number of Metro style experiences are focused on providing an excellent reading experience. DirectWrite enables great typographic quality, super-fast processing of font data for rendering, and provides industry-leading global text support. We've continued to improve text performance in Windows 8 by optimizing our default text rendering in Metro style apps to deliver better performance and efficiency, while maintaining typographic quality and global text support." All this still doesn't explain why text rendering on Metro (so not the classic desktop) had to be made as horrible as it is. Please, for the love of god, give us the option of turning ClearType's subpixel RGB optimisation back on for Metro applications. Fonts look horrible without it, which is kind of ironic given how font-heavy Metro is.
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RE: ClearType
by tomcat on Tue 24th Jul 2012 01:37 UTC in reply to "ClearType"
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I realize a lot of people liked it, but I found ClearType really unpleasant. Often got headaches when it was enabled. On machines where I had to work for long periods of time I always turned it off. Can't say I'm sorry to see it replaced.

That's a common reaction, and Apple has had similar complaints about its own font-rendering technology in the past for "blurriness" and "fuzziness". The basic problem that ClearType and related technologies are trying to solve is effectively trying to antialias text rendering on lower resolution displays. As display DPIs start to increase, though, ClearType isn't really all that useful; because font shapes utilize the higher resolution to approximate curves better without excessive quantization.

Edited 2012-07-24 01:37 UTC

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