Better Firefox font rendering with ClearType on Windows
June 2, 2020
1 minute read
I use RunCloud for managing my VPSs. I noticed that the dashboard icons look bad on Firefox, while on Blink-based browsers such as Chrome and Edge, they look smooth. Check out this side-by-side:
I much prefer the way Firefox renders fonts, especially on thinner fonts which seem to be all the rage these days since iOS 7. A lot of them are hard to read on Chrome/Edge and Firefox renders them a lot clearer on Windows 10.
This icon font rendering is not good though, so I did some investigating and found this line in
These are the options I found associated with it:
- -1 or 0 = use default for font & size
- 1 = aliased
- 2 = GDI Classic
- 3 = GDI Natural Widths
- 4 = Natural
- 5 = Natural Symmetric
I chose option 5 (default -1) and rendering is a lot better now:
It could still improve a bit, but at least it’s not as jaggy as before.