Kelly...

The second sentence below is more or less true only for LCD displays. 
It is not true for CRT displays. The electron beam in a CRT cannot 
illuminate individual pictures on the CRT face. It merely "brushes" 
across them, through what is known as a shadow mask, with a 
not-perfectly-defined beam size. That's why even good CRT displays 
seem "soft" after having used a good LCD display for a while.

The last sentence is definitely not true, although the chance of it 
being valid are better if the native resolution of an LCD display 
matches the display resolution of the graphics adapter. If the 
graphics card setting does not match the native resolution of the 
monitor, aliasing artifacts in the viewed image can cause greater 
legibility issues with fonts, especially small ones.

Dennis Brunnenmeyer
Cedar Ridge Systems.
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At 12:27 PM 5/12/2008, Kelly McDaniel wrote:
>On the computer display, the characters and background are formed from
>pixels. Pixels have smooth, parallel edges that enclose their color.
>Sans serif fonts appear crispier on the display because the character
>edge is more likely to mate with a pixel edge.

Dennis Brunnenmeyer
Director of Engineering
CEDAR RIDGE SYSTEMS
15019 Rattlesnake Road
Grass Valley, CA 95945-8710
Office: (530) 477-9015
Fax:  (530) 477-9085
Mobile: (530) 320-9025
eMail:  dennisb /at/ chronometrics /dot/ com

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