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Re: [whatwg] Enabling LCD Text and antialiasing in canvas

From: Rik Cabanier <cabanier@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Apr 2013 22:11:30 -0700
Message-ID: <CAGN7qDCB_Y5D0H-sXcgwNycaiEotkFZ4YdLZGFU1ycN8X_cgTw@mail.gmail.com>
To: Mark Callow <callow.mark@artspark.co.jp>
Cc: Gregg Tavares <gman@google.com>, WHATWG <whatwg@lists.whatwg.org>, Stephen White <senorblanco@chromium.org>, Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>, James Robinson <jamesr@google.com>
On Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 10:02 PM, Mark Callow <callow.mark@artspark.co.jp>wrote:

>  On 2013/04/04 13:50, Rik Cabanier wrote:
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> On Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 9:25 PM, Mark Callow <callow.mark@artspark.co.jp>wrote:
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>> As screen pixel densities soar, it is increasingly the case that fonts
>> are stored simply as paths that are scaled, especially fonts which have
>> thousands of characters.
>>
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>  No, that is not true.
> Talk to font vendors; fonts are not just a collection of path segments.
> They are also not rendered as paths; instead they should have specific
> renderers.
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> The people who work on our HiGlyph library tell me it is changing. I have
> no references I can provide.
>

If there are new fonts that are simple shapes, you'd still have to deal
with all the old fonts that are not like that.


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>>  Vertical and horizontal lines won't have any aliasing to begin with so
>> what are you talking about?
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>  Of course they have aliasing.  Why wouldn't they?
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> Because they are vertical and horizontal, therefore no jaggies (aliasing).
>

Subpixel AA is a trick to increase resolution.
In this case, a line that is more than 1 device pixel would have grayscale
in all directions with regular AA, but only colors in x and y for subpixel
AA.


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>>  Text also has the nice property that it's filled with a solid color.
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>>  I know little about Canvas2D but I do know that PostScript and SVG both
>> support gradients etc. when filling text so your statement is wrong.
>>
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>  I worked on the rendering engine of Illustrator and Acrobat for 11
> years. Subpixel AA is disabled for text that is filled with gradients or
> images and reverts to normal rendering. AFAIK there is no postscript
> implementation that supports subpixel positioning.
>
>  Can you point me to a spec where you can fill text in canvas with a
> gradient instead of a solid color?
>
> As I wrote, I don't know much about Canvas2D. Besides it wasn't clear that
> your comment referred only to Canvas2D.
>

This is a discussion on adding parameters to Canvas2D. Maybe that got lost
in the thread :-)
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