Monday, November 19, 2007

Anti-Aliasing in Leopard’s Menu Bar

Sven-S. Porst:

As the variable background of the X.5 menu bar means that characters have to be drawn on a transparent background and then put on the modified desktop menu bar picture, this also means that no sub-pixel anti-aliasing is used. As a consequence you may find that certain glyphs look irregularly rendered or poorly spaced in the menu bar. All this, while the menus themselves and the selected menu items are still rendered properly.


I had to conclude that it’s likely that subpixel anti-aliasing will probably be a clever little technology that is not here to stay.

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