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What is hinting?
This piece doesn't clearly say what hinting is, only what it does and why it is used. 22.214.171.124 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)
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.