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Original OSNews Interviews Today we feature a very interesting interview with David Turner, one of the main Freetype developers, discussing the project's past and future. These days, David continues his work in Freetype even after having been hired by Google.
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ClearType mimic should be a goal
by tuxedo on Fri 29th Jun 2007 20:58 UTC
tuxedo
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2007-06-24

I think to date there hasn't been a better font rendering on screen than ClearType. I'm not a Microsoft fan at all, I disapprove their philosophy and politics, but I agree that fonts rendered with Cleartype are clean, have high contrast and you don't get tired after a day of work in front of your computer.

There has been some effort to enhance fonts on Linux. Fonts on Linux are pretty good (ie: on CentOS). I think they still can be improved, and ClearType should be a goal (maybe it is already). Then, if some people prefer fuzzy fonts, they can turn ClearType off.

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juno_106 Member since:
2007-06-24

I second this. ClearType is not just an unjustified request by a minority of users. There has been studies made by the University of Texas and by Microsoft that show that most people prefered ClearType, and that ClearType improves readability. You can say the Microsoft study is questionable but what would they gain lying? I think the free desktop (Linx, *BSD, Solaris) should take the best of both worlds, that would be in this case implement something like ClearType, but change the name, maybe CleanType, I'm out of imagination today (Friday evening) :-)

It's not about choosing something a small number of people prefer, it's about taking into account the result of 2 independant studies and implementing what the majority prefers or feels more comfortable with.

Here's the list of documents of the surveys and studies on ClearType:

Study - ClearType helps - Clemson, SC. - 11 April 2001
http://www.microsoft.com/typography/links/news.aspx?NID=1885

ClearType = Clear Mind
http://blogs.msdn.com/fontblog/archive/2005/12/13/503236.aspx

University of Texas - A resource for investigating how people read on screens
http://www.ischool.utexas.edu/%7Ect/chi_p618.pdf

And these are blog entries:

Cleartype improves reading comprehension, study says
http://scobleizer.com/2005/10/29/cleartype-improves-reading-compreh...

What's Wrong With Apple's Font Rendering?
http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/000884.html

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