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Re: SVG glyph hinting

From: Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>
Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2013 11:20:16 +1300
Message-ID: <CAOp6jLbmLp+8i8zZJ-Op6hC_U5LRa+kcRR0bLs52jyh66idt6A@mail.gmail.com>
To: David Woolley <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>
Cc: www-svg <www-svg@w3.org>
On Fri, Feb 8, 2013 at 11:14 AM, David Woolley

> Robert O'Callahan wrote:
>> One issue with any approach to SVG glyphs that someone brought up on my
>> blog is that SVG doesn't support any kind of hinting so it'll probably be
>> difficult to create SVG glyphs that look good at low resolutions.
>>  When this has been raised in the past, the official line has been that
> anti-aliasing has removed the need.

For small-sized font glyphs (or SVG images for that matter, such as icons
scaled to a small size), I don't believe it.

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