Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 23rd Jun 2009 21:40 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces The Engineering 7 weblog has an item about the improvements made in the ClearType font rendering technology which has been included in Windows since Windows XP. While I won't go too deeply into that post, I did figure it was a good opportunity to talk about font antialiasing in general; which type do you prefer?
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Cleartype
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 23rd Jun 2009 21:59 UTC
Bill Shooter of Bul
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2006-07-14

For all of the reasons Thom mentioned.

The RISC OS mention is interesting for someone who's never played with it before. Those are some nice readable fonts, no question. The readability on a textured background is impressive, but it still just seems wrong. Text on textures shouldn't be done. It just conjures up in my mind some truly bad, ugly interfaces. Maybe that's just my preconception due to never really seeing text properly presented on textures. I think one of the options in VB6 was to change the window frame color to a texture ( or that might have been a third party control, Its been a while). It was ugly as sin.

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RE: Cleartype
by jokkel on Wed 24th Jun 2009 08:12 in reply to "Cleartype"
jokkel Member since:
2008-07-07

Remember Mac OS X's Brushed Metal theme http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brushed_Metal_(interface) ?
There you have it: text on texture. And it's not that bad really.

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RE[2]: Cleartype
by B12 Simon on Wed 24th Jun 2009 09:41 in reply to "RE: Cleartype"
B12 Simon Member since:
2006-11-08

Which demonstrates that it depends on the texture.

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