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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I'm no font pro, but... it depends.
by UltraZelda64 on Wed 24th Jun 2009 06:42 UTC
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First off, I should mention I'm probably biased towards Windows since it's what I've always used and preferred over Mac, and since I've never really used Macs that much (or owned one). Either way, while I'm used to Windows, I think ClearType is... well, crystal clear and nice looking on screen, so I like it. But then, I don't print much, and never did. In the few times I used Mac OS X, I thought the text, while... different... looked pretty nice; thick, a little fuzzy, easily readable. It was a nice change.

However... when I tried Safari for Windows, my opinion changed. Well, somewhat. It looked hideous. I think it's because it looks so blatantly different compared to every other program on the screen, but it looked bad as a result. So my conclusion: They're both good... where they belong. As soon as they cross their territory, they've gone too far.

I have been running nothing but Linux for the last couple years (previously Xfce on Zenwalk, now Gnome on Ubuntu), and have always put hinting on to the lowest level or off completely (the higher settings make the text to thin and sharp). Since switching to an LCD monitor, I've also been using subpixel smoothing. I like it... it looks good, is highly readable, and for those reasons I never really think about it, so what can I say... it does its job.

Over the years during my distro hopping, I've seen some really bad fonts in certain Linux distros. Luckily, I haven't run into a distro that's an eyesore to use in a long time.

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