Will hinting be necessary when 300dpi high-res screens are the standards?

couzinhub's picture

With the high res screens coming closer, (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/05/12/samsung-2560x1600-tablet-lcd-paves-w...), I was wondering if hinting will still be necessary if fonts are rendered with the same quality as a magazine or a book on screen.

Fonts being vector based, even zooming in won't impair any quality, so I'm not really sure if hinting will be necessary when all computers and portable devices are built with high res screens.

Also, if hinting isn't necessary, will the font file be significantly lighter, allowing webfonts to include more otf features like ligatures?

Thanks for your inputs on this :)

hrant's picture

So does global warming.

hhp

hrant's picture

So I'm starting to think about something, and
this is a pretty good place to ask this question:

Except for text-heavy stuff like magazines, do the graphics for
most apps for portable devices rely heavily on text-as-graphics?

hhp

Rob O. Font's picture

iPad mag apps are mostly text-as-graphics. Here, grid fitting fonts to particular iPad ppm works. The pages don't zoom, the device res. is fixed, the size is unmodifiable to the users except via distancing, and the anti-aliasing is consistent from machine to machine, mag to mag and year to year without variation.

One just needs to suffer the slings and arrows of the blue beenie standards nuts and plow to the user's rescue. :)

hrant's picture

Wow. I guess that's good news for me.

And these are delivered as JPEGs?

> the anti-aliasing is consistent from machine to machine

You're forgetting gamma.

hhp

Rob O. Font's picture

>You're forgetting gamma.

prove it

hrant's picture

I do know that a few years ago OSX abandoned the original Mac OS's more paper-like gamma for what Windows uses, but are you claiming that all devices* always use, and will forevermore use, the same gamma? Or are you saying that gamma differences do not affect the quality of anti-aliased rendering?

* Including eInk? :-)

hhp

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