Archive of UserLand's first discussion group, started October 5, 1998.
Re: Flash does anti-aliasing
Author: Joe Beda Posted: 1/22/2000; 10:15:29 AM Topic: Flash in Manilla? Msg #: 14719 (In response to 14709) Prev/Next: 14718 / 14720
Flash is cool, but in some ways it is very limited. Can you actually select text to do copy/paste? What will your printing story be? Will you be able to "view source..."? Can you do a "Find on page"?
These are things that you take for granted that you will be giving up for a little bit of anti-aliased text. Flash does so much more, but integrating that into the system will be much harder -- look at how difficult it is to seamlessly add a little dynamic HTML content.
On top of that, MSIE in Windows already has anti-aliased text. This is only above a certain size. I remember hearing usability talks that under certain point sizes the text actually gets less readable and appears blurry. It is actually the font author that specifies this in a table in the TTF (http://www.truetype.demon.co.uk/ttalias.htm). It sounds like what you really want is ClearType (http://www.microsoft.com/typography/cleartype/).
Flash is cool, but it looks like you might loose more than you gain in this situation.
There are responses to this message:
- Re: Flash does anti-aliasing, Matt Kerner, 1/22/2000; 10:36:04 AM
- Re: new Flash text abilities, John Dowdell, 1/22/2000; 10:38:06 AM
- Re: Flash does anti-aliasing, Michael Zajac, 1/22/2000; 4:12:26 PM
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