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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RE[7]: What makes me laugh
by rhy7s on Fri 26th Jun 2009 23:34 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: What makes me laugh"
rhy7s
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2008-08-04

I just tried it on my machine (Gentoo, OpenOffice 3.1.0) with all three fonts that you used and it doesn't happen to me. I'm not quite sure what is different but the kerning works fine here.


I'd like to see an example, I've never seen OO.o handle font display well, http://bayimg.com/MabNhaaCK - but I'm not fussed for free. Printed and pdf output are fine for most uses - though not up to LaTeX standards - I don't use OO.o as a reading environment.

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RE[8]: What makes me laugh
by deathshadow on Sat 27th Jun 2009 04:23 in reply to "RE[7]: What makes me laugh"
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2005-07-12

Yeah, and that's in windows where it's using the host glyph renderer, but is ignoring using windows for kerning...

Which is where OoO is REALLY made of /FAIL/ when it comes to working with text... I assume it's the same kerning engine as freetype because if I were to use any other *nix application under X, I get the same oddball kerning errors.

People wonder why I say I can't work with large bodies of text in linux OR OoO - THERE IT IS.

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RE[9]: What makes me laugh
by abraxas on Sun 28th Jun 2009 03:03 in reply to "RE[8]: What makes me laugh"
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2005-07-07

People wonder why I say I can't work with large bodies of text in linux OR OoO - THERE IT IS.


I wouldn't go that far. I concede that OpenOffice has kerning issues but it doesn't seem to affect anything else because OO uses its own private copy of freetype. I haven't tried abiword but it probably isn't affected and neither is Lyx or other editors.

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RE[8]: What makes me laugh
by abraxas on Sat 27th Jun 2009 19:36 in reply to "RE[7]: What makes me laugh"
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2005-07-07

It really seemed fine when I checked but when I did it again it again to take a screenshot it did't look right. I think it was the font size I was using before that made it look ok. I rarely use OO, mostly just to view .doc and .ppt files from google search results so I hadn't noticed it. OO uses its own, apparently defective, private copy of freetype so none of this behavior shows up in any other application on Linux for me. Does anyone know what the issue is with OO's freetype?

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RE[9]: What makes me laugh
by deathshadow on Sun 28th Jun 2009 23:26 in reply to "RE[8]: What makes me laugh"
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2005-07-12

Thing is, I see it in non-OO apps too under linux - in most every application I notice it...

Though admittedly, I may be hypersensitive to it. Simple fact is I've NEVER seen a copy of freetype render the kerning of fonts what I would consider 'properly'...

Edited 2009-06-28 23:27 UTC

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