Redmond, WA. - 7 April 1999
Microsoft has issued an Update on ClearType Font Technology and LCD Displays, to help vendors produce hardware that can take advantage of ClearType font rendering.
Update on ClearType Font Technology and LCD Displays
Microsoft ClearType font technology improves upon the traditional PC "on/off" pixel rendering by addressing the area beyond the traditional pixel boundary. With ClearType, letters on the computer screen appear smooth, not jagged. This improvement in readability will accelerate the adoption of electronic books (eBooks) and the overall migration from paper to electronic forms.
ClearType font technology will work with existing systems. Readability will be dramatically improved on color LCD monitors with a digital interface, such as those found in laptops and high-quality flat-panel desktop displays.
Microsoft is evaluating how to include ClearType in future products. No release dates have been set. However, the following information is provided to help LCD display designers make choices that will ensure their products are compatible with ClearType font technology.
Microsoft will propose requirements similar to these guidelines in future versions of the PC design guide to help manufacturers ensure that their designs will work well with ClearType font technology.
Call to action for LCD design and ClearType font technology:
- Check that your LCD designs meet the guidelines described in this article to ensure that they will look great with ClearType technology.
- For additional technical information (and future announcements), see Microsoft's ClearType information page.
article posted 14 May 1999 and last updated 14 May 1999.