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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tomcat
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2006-01-06

I would like to point out that greyscale rendering is not ClearType.

Greyscale rendering was "font smoothing" option in XP.

Cleartype is about using the 3 subpixels in any TFT display to triple the effective DPI of your monitor.


Yes, and the reason that they're doing grayscale rendering of text is that there's a tremendous amount of horizontal panning going on here for the Start screen. ClearType depends upon very precise alignment of subpixels. You can't just pan the content left or right without redoing the ClearType rendering. But that will reduce the efficiency of panning animation. So, clearly, MS opted for performance/efficiency versus optimal quality; and, in my opinion, that was the right call. The Start screen was designed to be active and dynamic, not to have a static layout.

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