Text rendering on Mojave (macOS)

Laurent Bourgès bourges.laurent at gmail.com
Wed Nov 28 16:31:15 UTC 2018


It remembers me that recently (within 2 months), somebody proposed 2 patchs
to enable freetype LCDFilter for awt & javafx.

Both patches are integrated in jdk12 & jfx 12 ... probably a backport to
jdk11u & jfx11u is in progress...

Please test latest version, first.

My 2 cents,

Le mer. 28 nov. 2018 à 16:49, Kirill Grouchnikov <
kirill.grouchnikov at gmail.com> a écrit :

> I've sent this one a couple of days ago, and looks like it fell through the
> moderation cracks since it had an image attached to it. So sending this
> again...
> So I spent some time today looking into font rendering on the latest macOS
> 10.14 (Mojave), I came across
> https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=17476873
> that says that it has removed the subpixel anti-aliasing setting. There's a
> new one under "General" named "Use font smoothing when available".
> When that setting is on (which is by default), font rendering in Swing with
> the recommended awt.font.desktophints system property is too heavy. Looking
> at how
> https://github.com/JetBrains/intellij-community/blob/master/platform/editor-ui-api/src/com/intellij/ide/ui/UISettings.kt
> is doing it (lines 399-420) it appears that they are setting
> results in font rendering that is consistent with native apps.
> Then I looked at how JavaFX font rendering looks like with locally built
> https://github.com/gluonhq/gluon-samples/tree/master/fifty-states
> No matter if that new platform setting is off or on, all the texts look
> halo'd - zoom in on
> https://www.pushing-pixels.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/javafx-mojave.png
> and see all those pink / light blue pixels around glyphs.
> Am I running the demo wrong?

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