Text rendering on Mojave (macOS)
kirill.grouchnikov at gmail.com
Wed Nov 28 15:47:28 UTC 2018
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
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
is doing it (lines 399-420) it appears that they are setting
KEY_TEXT_ANTIALIASING to VALUE_TEXT_ANTIALIAS_OFF, and doing that in Swing
results in font rendering that is consistent with native apps.
Then I looked at how JavaFX font rendering looks like with locally built
No matter if that new platform setting is off or on, all the texts look
halo'd - zoom in on
and see all those pink / light blue pixels around glyphs.
Am I running the demo wrong?
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