Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Sep 2010 19:14 UTC
Internet Explorer After several months and preview releases, Microsoft has finally lifted the curtain for the Windows Explorer 9 beta release. Internet Explorer 9 is Microsoft's attempt at not just catching up to the competition, but at actually surpassing them. Since enough sites will be focusing on just how many nanoseconds faster or slower the beta is compared to the competition, I'll talk a little about the new minimalist interface.
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Couldn't resist the urge again I see
by mrhasbean on Wed 15th Sep 2010 21:24 UTC
mrhasbean
Member since:
2006-04-03

"...but for some reason, Internet Explorer 9 gives me slightly fuzzy fonts on some websites, fonts which reminded me of how Mac OS X renders its fonts."

Funny, just ... funny.

Oh, and some examples please? (for both platforms / browsers)

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

What urge?

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

This is likely related to the WPF font rendering issue. Basically a lot of people prefer the older (GDI) method and I agree. It tends to be more noticeable for fonts that are not designed for ClearType. They better get this figured out before the release.

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

This is likely related to the WPF font rendering issue. Basically a lot of people prefer the older (GDI) method and I agree. It tends to be more noticeable for fonts that are not designed for ClearType. They better get this figured out before the release.


They're using WPF? from what I understand they're using Direct2D/DirectWrite for their rendering which is hardware accelerated thus very much dependent on the quality of the underlying video card drivers. On Firefox development lists there are inconsistencies being noted by some developers between different video cards and driver versions. Hopefully with this move to hardware acceleration and demand for greater consistent experience that we will see the quality of the drivers improve.

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google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

OSX renders fonts very close to the intended glyphs, giving a close representation to what you see when you print. Windows thins fonts out, to optimize for on screen readability, but ends up being not as "accurate"

It takes about half a day for most people to get used to one or the other, but seeing them side by side is jarring.

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joshv Member since:
2006-03-18

IE9 on the right, Chrome on the left. http://www.everythink.org/pictures/ie9example.png

IE9 is significantly more blurry

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joshv Member since:
2006-03-18

Crap. IE on the left, chrome on the right

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