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Re: Text anti-aliasing on the Mac

From: Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>
Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2012 23:43:32 +1300
Message-ID: <CAOp6jLar320vqVimt3qSy=kDPgrpGbEqfszXo6U2teQrZO2NiA@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Cc: www-style list <www-style@w3.org>
On Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 7:06 AM, Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com> wrote:

> Previously, Chrome had some properties that incidentally switched text
> to grayscale anti-aliasing, which people used to avoid this pop.  As
> well, some designers simply dislike the "fat text" effect that LCD
> anti-aliasing causes on Macs (particularly in their heading fonts,
> which looked bold on Mac but normal elsewhere), and so used these
> properties to switch to grayscale anti-aliasing in general.  Chrome 22
> changed the behavior of some of these properties so that they no
> longer switched the anti-aliasing to grayscale, which caused a lot of
> people to complain.  We're reverting this change for now, but we still
> have the unsolved problem of the "pop", and designer's general desire
> to avoid "fat text".
> So, I bring this to you, the WG.  How do Firefox and Opera deal with
> this?  (IE, you get a pass this time.)  Safari, any opinions?

I'm not exactly sure what you mean by "this". We don't offer a supported
way to turn off subpixel AA (on any platform) and I'm not aware of any
clamor for it. I don't know why that is; maybe Web designers have bigger
complaints about our rendering, or maybe our support for subpixel
positioning and always-on text shaping mitigates the problem.

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