Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th Mar 2012 23:16 UTC
Windows Okay, so this one actually bothers me quite a deal in the Windows 8 consumer preview: the fonts in Metro look fuzzy - they look like fonts on Mac OS X. Because of the Mac OS X resemblance, I had assumed that Metro switched to a shape-accurate rendering method, like Mac OS X uses, but as it turns out, it's a little less exotic than that.
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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by arpan on Tue 13th Mar 2012 06:16 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Drumhellar"
arpan
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2006-07-30

It really wouldn't have been difficult for Microsoft to check orientation and enable/disable Cleartype. Or atleast enable Cleartype in x86/PCs & disable it on ARM/tablets.

This is essential, because at least at the beginning most users will be using Windows 8 on a desktop/laptop, which will all be used in a single orientation. Also, most of these users will have already gotten used to the sharp text in Windows 7, and will see Windows 8 text rendering as a step back.

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RE[3]: Comment by Drumhellar
by mrstep on Tue 13th Mar 2012 13:20 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar"
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2009-07-18

Haha.. I was going to post the same reply as yours and the ones below. There's no difficulty (beyond some switch statements) to have the ClearType work in any orientation. Admittedly, whatever the 90-degree-off 'sideways' orientation is would have the smoothing applied vertically on the font instead of horizontally, but that would still be better than none, and for the 2 'normal' orientations it would work just like it has for years.

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