Pretty Text On Windows

Anybody using Windows is used to jagged edges when fonts reach a certain size. Since Vista a new text rendering engine has been included called DirectWrite. Unfortunately, it can’t be enabled system wide (as far as I know) and it’s up to individual apps to include DirectWrite support.

If you’re a Firefox user, you can download the Firefox 4 beta and enable DirectWrite.

To turn it on, type ‘about:config’ in the address bar. Then, find the key named ‘gfx.font_rendering.directwrite.enabled’ and double click it to set it to ‘true.’

Finally, you’ll be able to browse a version of the web free of ugly fonts and Apple envy.

(Chrome and Safari don’t support DirectWrite, but Safari still has the option to use Mac OSX rendering. DirectWrite is prettier than OSX rendering, in my opinion, but it’s more video card intensive and results in some sluggishness on certain pages. Internet Explorer 9 will utilize DirectWrite by default. For more on type rendering read this.)

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