Wednesday, January 21, 2009


The font rendering under Windows is killing me. Or making me go blind. Possibly both.

Under Linux, I had 4 methods of font rendering to choose from: "Monochrome", "Best Shape", "Best Contrast", "Subpixel smoothing (LCDs)". I think I used subpixel smoothing, which gave me great-looking fonts that were very readable on my flat-panel display. I had installed Microsoft's core fonts, and usually wrote documents using Times New Roman or Arial.

Now, on the same Dell 1905FP flat-panel display, those same fonts are giving me a headache.

Why is Microsoft so limited with fonts? Under Windows, there are only two methods to smooth fonts: Standard (not smoothed, hard to read) and ClearType (blurry but smooth, and hard to read.)

After writing a Word document, or browsing the web for any amount of time, I get a headache from squinting at the screen. Sure, I've increased my zoom level in Word, and increased the minimum font size in Firefox, but the fonts look out of focus and are just plain hard to work with.

1 comment:

  1. Handy hint: change all the system fonts from Tahoma to Arial. I did this and my system looks so much, ehh, slightly less worse.


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