At the limits of screen rendering...

hrant's picture

Most of us already knew it, although some of us wouldn't admit it (and some still won't): If you know what you're doing, when you approach the limits the rendering superiority of Windows is very apparent.

The above is H&FJ's Sentinel webfont on Windows/IE8 (L) and OSX (R).


.00's picture

I prefer the one on the right. The x-height to cap proportions are better and the kerning is superior. Also the waist strokes on the H and F while a tad low look better than the overly high version on the left.

Karl Stange's picture

For what it's worth, looking at this in Safari on an iPhone (late at night), the one on the right looks better. I have no bias I am aware of, use Windows 7, Ubuntu and OSX (I loved my old Amiga most of all though!) but the one on the right just looks clearer to me.

Bendy's picture

Hm. Isn't there a problem that we're looking at static graphics of webfonts on devices other than the ones intended? Or is that the whole point of making the graphics? I'm confused :-/

Chris G's picture

Windows is doing some horrible things to those caps. Look at the bar on the 'H'. You could drive a bus between the 'F' and 'J'. If we're equating rendering superiority with sharpness alone then Windows is winning here, but it's lost most of the character of the typeface and is showing a fair bit of dazzle. If I was going to be reading anything more than a paragraph I'd plump for the OSX rendering.

dberlow's picture

I think the general qualities of this work are great. What's been compared here, though, is rather subtle. If the publishers at some point decide to pump a PX into the cap ht., and the browser decides to kern, the differences between these two samples are so small, few would stretch to describe the difference as significant, (much less, any more than that). There was most likely a difference in devilopment paths with the one on the left being a pain in the ass long after the one on the right is complete. And... at 9 PX, i think there are very few users on the right side to begin with.

.00's picture

Angels... how many... size of the pin.

eliason's picture

Yeah, count me among those who "still won't admit it" too!

aluminum's picture

What are we comparing here? How two operating systems render type that's too small to be comfortably read on-screen in the first place?

nemo's picture

“Superior” in what sense? Readability or accurate representation of the geometry as it would appear on an infinite resolution device?

These are two different intentions which produce, as your screenshot illustrates, different results.

Comparing the pixels is missing the point somewhat.

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