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Font Hints for Custom Components

Posted by chet on January 10, 2007 at 2:40 PM PST

I just got finished writing a small section on text-anti-aliasing for Romain's
and my Filthy Rich Clients book (did you notice how smoothly I slid that
teaser into the discussion?). It seemed like such a bite-sized and useful bit
of info that I thought it would go well here, so here it is:

Setting text anti-aliasing hints can be confusing, especially with new
RenderingHints added in Java SE 6 for LCD text. What text quality do you want?
What is appropriate for the application? What is appropriate for the platform?
What does your user prefer?

A better solution than setting hints directly in most situations is for your
application to figure out what the user

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