High resolution screens are great for typography - Re: Accelerator boards - no future? Bad business?

Toby Thain toby at telegraphics.com.au
Mon Apr 25 18:21:45 CDT 2016

On 2016-04-25 6:34 PM, ben wrote:
> On 4/25/2016 3:55 PM, Toby Thain wrote:
>> There is no upper limit to size & more pixels means better fidelity to
>> letterforms and therefore better legibility, not worse. Ask a
>> typographer anything.
>> --Toby
> I suspect other that TEX fonts, You cannot get fonts to scale properly
> for the bigger screens. Ben.

Incorrect. Scalable system (& third party) fonts have been with us for 
more than 30 years, as I said.

Both Mac System 7 and ancient Windows shipped with TrueType, but even 
before that you had anti-aliased type with Adobe Type Manager.

OS X 10.3 shipped with subpixel rendering on LCD as has Windows 
Cleartype for many years.

Now, not ALL UI elements may be properly resolution independent, but 
TEXT definitely is (e.g. the Terminal window example, or any editor, etc).

Blow it up as big as you like; you might like to use one of these 
scalable fonts: http://programmingfonts.org/ (Adobe Source Code Pro is a 
great start)


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