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What browser do you use?
Internet Explorer 7%  7%  [ 6 ]
Firefox 69%  69%  [ 62 ]
Opera 14%  14%  [ 13 ]
Safari 7%  7%  [ 6 ]
SeaMonkey 2%  2%  [ 2 ]
Konqueror 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
Camino 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Amaya 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Lynx 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
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13 May 2008, 2:11 am

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I always have a hard time not taking it personally when someone puts down the OS X font smoothing, which is one of my main reasons for choosing Safari. It's like they're implying that I have bad taste in text rendering.

Seriously, though, I don't understand why so many people hate the rendering. There's a bunch of people on the internet who want Safari for Windows to use ClearType. Why? Talk about blurry text! Apple did the right thing by including the OS X font smoothing.


For me it is because the characters all seem to have a colored outline, just as if you look though thick lenses. Also, the contrasts are all wrong and different letters are differently colored. This makes text harder to read for me. But I guess this is a matter of taste.


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13 May 2008, 1:25 pm

LostInEmulation wrote:
For me it is because the characters all seem to have a colored outline, just as if you look though thick lenses. Also, the contrasts are all wrong and different letters are differently colored. This makes text harder to read for me. But I guess this is a matter of taste.


Well...a matter of taste, and a matter of "the text looks different on each person's computer." On my display, I have the exact opposite: Windows' native ClearType appears to have a colored outline, and Safari' rendering looks very clear and crisp to me.



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13 May 2008, 8:06 pm

Ya, so, umm... I use seamonkey, and I see someone else does to.

I sometimes use firefox, galeon, and opera. It depends, I guess


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14 May 2008, 2:14 am

Ah Dokken! We must exchange hints on the beauties (and occasional uglinesses) of SeaMonkey.


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14 May 2008, 5:50 am

For a while, the "fuzzy" apple fonts annoyed me too, but once I had read a sizable amount of text using it, I realized how beneficial they are - the whole point is to reduce eye strain and such, not to be aesthetically pleasing (surprisingly unlike most apple UI features)

So they may not look the best, but they fulfill their function.

Also, subpixel rendering really does work best on LCD monitors or similar - the benefit on, say, CRT's is less.



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15 May 2008, 1:48 am

I think fuzzy fonts are harder to read since high contrast is a big part of readability!


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