On 10 August 2017 at 17:36, Jan Synacek <jsyna...@redhat.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 4:04 PM, Matthew Miller
> <mat...@fedoraproject.org> wrote:
>> On Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 11:39:30AM +0200, Jan Synacek wrote:
>>> >   Bug 1469712 - font antialiasing/hinting is not working on Fedora 26
>>> >   https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1469712
>>> Cheers, the solution from #1470509 did the trick. I'm quite puzzled as
>>> to why people prefer looking at the blurred fonts, though.
>> I don't prefer blurred fonts, but I prefer more-correct letter forms
>> and nicer overall appearance of the page.
> Yes, I agree, but that's not what I see on my screen. Even if what I
> see is "more correct" by some measure, it's still blurry and hurting
> my eyesight. On the other hand, I totally understand that on some
> people's displays the result might actually look better. Also, my eyes
> are quite picky when it comes to staring at stuff for long periods of
> time.

Tangentially to this discussion, I find a lot (most) of the new fonts
(e.g. web fonts, which are really a huge variety, just look at
fonts.google.com) just look awful on PC screen; so on my PC, they do
look very nice shape-wise but the blurry/jagged edges do nag at me too
much be usable. That's why I stick to the DejaVu Sans and Ubuntu font

But then using those "new" fonts on my Android smartphone, they look
great/awesome. The difference is that my desktop has a 24 inch
monitor, 1920x1080 with 96-101 dpi, whereas my phone has a ~4.5/5 inch
screen with 720x1280 and ~294 dpi. So the secret lies with the dpi,
the higher the dpi the better those "new" fonts - which do not have
hinting done by hand (by the font artists/devs) like the old font
families (e.g. DejaVu Sans) had - will look. So I enjoy many more
fonts on my 5 inch phone than I do on my 24 inch monitor :/

I think the solution to the problem will come when Hidpi monitors
become more affordable, i.e. a 24/27/28 inch mointor that packs a 4K
resolution. (Hopefully that will happen before most of us are too old
to see clearly at all).

Ahmad Samir
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