Beta2: Nice job!

Eric Anderson anderson at
Mon Aug 22 14:02:42 GMT 2005

Andrew Gallatin wrote:
> pav at FreeBSD writes:
>  > Andrew Gallatin p=ED=B9e v po 22. 08. 2005 v 09:23 -0400:
>  > 
>  > > > Try native mozilla/firefox, you will be pleasantly surprised with the
>  > > > slicky smoothness of fonts delivered by freetype and libXft.
>  > >=20
>  > > I'm sorry, I should have mentioned:  Native versins of firefox and
>  > > other gnomish things (thunderbird) look just as blurry. Xfce menus
>  > > and title bars look bad, etc.  The only fonts which look decent
>  > > are the 15-year old X11 fonts that xterm and xemacs use.
>  > 
>  > Ah, so the deal is that you actually don't like the antialiasing
>  > smoothness we all love. Hmm.
> Maybe it is something wrong with my eyes?  
> The odd thing is that when I hook my powerbook to my 1600x1200 lcd,
> somehow MacOSX makes fonts look decent.  They are still blurry,
> but not nearly so bad.
>  > www/mozilla port have "Enable Xft font anti-aliasing" option, you could
>  > try to toggle this off and try it.
> Aha!  setenv GDK_USE_XFT 0 will do the same thing at runtime..  This
> seems to improve things quite a bit.
> But I just don't see how other people can stand the defaults with
> lcd monitors.

Antialiasing is used to soften the hard edges of lines, since a computer 
screen that is clear shows the individual pixels, and most humans don't 
use blocks and squares to draw a line or curve.  Since we are usually 
used to seeing a smooth line, antialiasing creates that by 'blurring' 
the edges a bit.  I find it much easier to read actually.

I'm glad we use an OS and apps that give us the option to do whatever we 
want! :)


Eric Anderson        Sr. Systems Administrator        Centaur Technology
Anything that works is better than anything that doesn't.

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