Bill Hill - How does ClearType work?

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    dpen2000
    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?

    DP
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    warren
    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?


    https://www.microsoft.com/typography/cleartype/default.htm

    This is Microsoft's site on ClearType.  There's some good information there.
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    PeterV
    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).
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    The Channel 9 Team
    PeterV, post a screen capture!
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    Sathyaish Chakravarthy
    I just love you, Bill Hill.
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    SuperRob
    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.
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    lars

    True.

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

     

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    PeterV

    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.

    You can have a look over here : ...

    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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