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Re: Text anti-aliasing on the Mac

From: Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2012 12:19:09 -0700
Message-ID: <CAAWBYDD=t6yEvcf6sH1_8sxXY0eu_fTUBAx+ORjdw1iux9JtrA@mail.gmail.com>
To: Simon Fraser <smfr@me.com>
Cc: robert@ocallahan.org, www-style list <www-style@w3.org>
On Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 10:50 AM, Simon Fraser <smfr@me.com> wrote:
> Some sites use -webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased to permanently turn off
> subpixel antialiasing to avoid this text popping. http://apple.com is one
> such site.
> So there seems to be a need for such a property, although it is exposing an
> implementation detail that I hope will one day go away.

Yeah, as I said, it appears to only be an issue for non-Retina Macs.
Retina Macs don't do subpixel at all, and other platforms have much
smaller differences between grayscale and subpixel AA.  So, the issue
should disappear in a reasonable amount of time.

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