[haiku-development] Re: Haiku font rendering is not as good as Linux

> I have plenty of issues with Linux, but font rendering is not
> currently one of them. On my laptop using the Subpixel Smoothing
> setting works very nice.
> 
> Unfortunately Haiku's font rendering, even with Subpixel rendering 
> and
> font hinting turned on, does not look as good. See this:

Unfortunately this is a topic where it comes down to personal 
preference. I for example absolutely hate subpixel font rendering, it 
looks blurry to me. I can hardly work on Macs becaue their font 
rendering looks so blurry to me that I get a headache from looking at 
it for longer times. Under Windows I generally disable font 
antialiasing completely, under Haiku I use grayscale antialiasing. From 
your screenshots, the Haiku one definitely looks better to me as well.

So IMO adding new modes is fine, but we shouldn't remove/change the 
others, because I am sure that there are people that think the current 
ones are better for them. Ideally we have a few to select from, so the 
user can decide what looks best to him. I'm sure that someone coming 
from Windows who is used to Cleartype would favor the current subpixel 
rendering while someone coming from Mac OS X would rather want 
something "thicker", probably more in the direction you want to go.

Regards
Michael

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