Google Chrome gets improved text rendering on Windows thanks to Microsoft

There is a change in the Chromium project that significantly improves text rendering on Windows in Chrome and other browsers that are based on the same project. It was proposed by Microsoft devs, and now takes into account the gamma and contrast values ​​​​configured in the Windows ClearType Text Tuner.

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The goal of the improvement is to make sure that Chrome renders text as smooth as Microsoft Edge does. This way Edge displays web pages makes them more comfortable for reading.

As of now, Chromium uses the Skia engine for showing the text. It relies on some hardcoded parameters for  text gamma and contrast. This makes impossible to apply ClearType settings on the fly.

When Microsoft abandoned its own Project Spartan browser, now known as Edge Legacy, it ported the new browser to Chromium rails. The company has promised to bring useful tweaks back into the Chromium codebase. So browsers that use it can also benefit from Microsoft's additions. These include improved scrolling, improved touch support, and more.

Currently, the Microsoft Edge browser has been running on top of the Chromium platform for more than five years.


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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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