How to Have Anti Aliased Fonts on Windows XP (ClearType)
I’ve just got new PC & using all my time setting it up & installing all the applications I had in the old computer, restoring my profiles etc. I noticed that the version of XP I have in this one is different from the old, except on Safari browser,there is no anti-aliasing in rendering fonts, if you don’t know what anti-alias is, there’s a page about it in Wikipedia:
In digital signal processing, anti-aliasing is the technique of minimizing the distortion artifacts known as aliasing when representing a high-resolution signal at a lower resolution. Anti-aliasing is used in digital photography, computer graphics, digital audio, and many other applications.
Anti-aliasing means removing signal components that have a higher frequency than is able to be properly resolved by the recording (or sampling) device. This removal is done before (re)sampling at a lower resolution. When sampling is performed without removing this part of the signal, it causes undesirable artifacts such as the black-and-white noise near the top of figure … below
OK, a little Googling taught me that the function that anti-alias text in Windows XP is called ClearType, from the little I read, this OS was the first to introduce such a but it’s not enabled by default, also that browsers like Netscape & Opera don’t depend on ClearType to anti-alias fonts.
How to Enable ClearType
1. To use the Online ClearType Tuner, & I think this works only with Internet Explorer
2. To get the ClearType Tuner PowerToy, download, install & customize your anti-aliased font
With Windows XP, ClearType delivers improved font display quality over traditional forms of font smoothing or anti-aliasing. ClearType improves readability on color LCD displays with a digital interface, such as those in laptops and high-quality flat panel displays. Readability on CRT screens can also be somewhat improved.