Talk:Font hinting

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What is hinting?[edit]

This piece doesn't clearly say what hinting is, only what it does and why it is used. 00:12, 16 August 2007 (UTC)

I edited the article so that it's a little more clear what hinting is. The links to Microsoft's typography pages provide helpful visuals, but since they aren't free, I haven't included them. —Down10 TACO 02:32, 7 November 2007 (UTC)


Human Readers? As opposed to......? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:39, 11 October 2008 (UTC)

OCR and other machine reading algorithms. Svyatoslav (talk) 04:56, 8 May 2010 (UTC)


The article doesn't mention PostScript fonts, but talks as if font hinting is a feature only found in TrueType fonts. AFAIK this is wrong.--Oneiros (talk) 17:00, 29 April 2011 (UTC)

Oo, very wrong. —Tamfang (talk) 03:25, 17 May 2011 (UTC)


I think the example illustration would be much clearer if it weren't also antialiased. i.e. show non-antialiased/non-hinted vs non-antialiased/hinted. It's also worth going through the 4 permutations (on a small display):

  • non-antialiased, non-hinted → usually horrible, looks "spidery" (except for bitmap fonts at native resolution)
  • antialiased, non-hinted → marginal improvement on antialiased/non-hinted.
  • non-antialiased, hinted → very sharp and clear, but unfaithful to the glyph outlines. Some people (including myself) find this most readable.
  • antialiased, hinted → clear and smooth. Most people prefer this look, but some find it makes the fonts look blurry and hard to focus on, resulting in eye-strain.
  • subpixel-rendering increases smoothness (making hinting less necessary), but adds colour-fringing, which some viewers dislike.

— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:09, 25 October 2011 (UTC)