[cairo] Write ups on Microsoft Avalon

Owen Taylor otaylor at redhat.com
Mon May 17 04:39:04 PDT 2004

On Sun, 2004-05-16 at 23:19, Peter Dennis Bartok wrote:

> There are a few situations where the ability to 'turn off anti-aliasing'
> is required. For example, when drawing fonts smaller than a certain size,
> in order to keep it actually readable and not 'smudged' it is important.
> I'm working on Mono (SWF) and one of the sample apps I use brings this
> difference out quite strong, when I compare the output of MS with the
> output of Mono through Cairo, the Mono version is much harder to read with
> a 6pt font.
> Also, for situations like drawing a Hotkey marker or an underline for
> text, anti-aliasing is really defeating the purpose, it simply will look
> off if you have a blurry line underlining the hotkey character or the text
> line.

Neither of these requires turning off AA for graphics primitives. The
first is a font-rendering layer operation, the second is just a matter
of drawing your line with the right coordinates so that it doesn't
have any partly-occupied pixels.


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