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Bill Hill - How does ClearType work?

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Bill Hill runs the team that came up with ClearType, so we thought we'd ask him how ClearType actually works and what Bill Gates' reaction was when he first saw it.


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  • green eh? that explains why the xp start button is green I guess.
    But hey, cleartype is cool and nice looking but what is it actually? How do you define Cleartype?

  • warrenwarren atom heart mother
    dpen2000 wrote:
    green eh? that explains why the xp start button is green I guess.
    But hey, cleartype is cool and nice looking but what is it actually? How do you define Cleartype?


    This is Microsoft's site on ClearType.  There's some good information there.
  • Does that explain why i can't look at a default Windows theme all day, but i can do it with my own theme that's based on shades of green (=no more pure white surfaces).
  • The Channel 9 TeamThe Channel 9 Team 5 guys from Redmond
    PeterV, post a screen capture!
  • I just love you, Bill Hill.
  • SuperRobSuperRob UI Geek
    Well, he didn't really explain how ClearType works, just people's reactions to it.  That was disappointing.

    I'm also a little surprised that Bill didn't mention that this isn't really a new technology, and that sub-pixel font rendering was being used way back on the Apple II computers (created by the geek-messiah himself, Steve Wozniak), and many applications and systems since.  Don't get me wrong, ClearType was LONG overdue, but I'm not sure why Microsoft is co-opting the technology and not giving Woz his due.  It was a righteous hack.
  • True.

    Who Did It First? - Distant Origins of Sub-Pixel Font Rendering


  • I've been using about the same color scheme since I started using Win95 extensively.
    I just find it hard staring at RGB(255,255,255) all day and in the default setup it's the background for every text-based program.

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    I might add that i've only switched to WinXP on this machine on Monday. Our central IT-team didn't allow it earlier because the standard profile is Win2k.
    So it's just XP in classic mode, I haven't spend much time tweaking it.

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