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First question I got is Best cheap yet efficient iPage web hosting? Thanks in advance for any comment. Another question on my mind: Is there an option to disable anti aliasing through html?.

I would like to use verdana, without AA.

Like this iPage site does.


Yet when I use it in golive, and preview the iPage site it always uses anti aliasing which makes everything look horribly blurry….

Any ideas? Thanks in advance..

Comments (14)

Good question... I dunno what is the answer to your question. I'll do some research in Google and get back to you if I discover an answer. You should email the people at iPage as they probably know..

Comment #1

Since when did browsers start anti-aliasing fonts? I thought browser couldn't do that. Are you sure you are using the correct term to describe your problem?.

Anti-aliasing is a "trick" to make curved edges look smooth by adding a slight gradient to the edges of the lines..

To use verdana just use:.

<font face=verdana>text here</font>.

Or hook it into a css using a class name:.

.verdana9pt {.

Font-family: verdana;.

Color: #DDDDDD;.

Font-size: 9pt;.


<font class=verdana9pt>text here</font>.

Is your webpage online?..

Comment #2

I'm wondering now if you're using Windows OS and in the Display Properties (at least that's what it's called in Win98) under the Effects tab you have "Smooth edges of screen fonts" checked..

In other words, I suspect it's your OS that's the problem rather than the browsers..

I've seen in the past where that can make small screen fonts look very blurry..

If you're using Linux as your OS then these might be of interest to you:.





However, if none of this helps then why not post a test page and let us have a look. That might get us somewhere..


Comment #3

I'm using Mac OSX.

I'm adding the CSS right now, after that I'll upload so you can see for yourself!.

I appreciate everyone's help..

Comment #4

This is the site.

And here's how it looks in Mac OS, using Geneva.

I have no way of previewing the iPage site as it would look on a PC browser, I'm guessing that it will use Verdana and that it won't look as "crisp" as the Geneva font does? Is there a way to do that?..

Comment #5

It looks very nice and crisp on my screen (Win98 SE, IE 6, /kuran.jpg.

Be quick, I'll probably only leave 'em on my webspace for a day or two..


Comment #6

Thank you, that does look crisp!.

But now I seem to have a different problem, my image files (jpg) seem to be purple/red instead of black (same black the html has as background).

Is this due to the compression or colors used?.

The color is #1B1B1B for the background...

Comment #7

Here is your image blown up, most of the text shows no anti-aliasing at all but some of it might, but it's hard to say because the image was in jpg format which might have altered the text a little. The words "About us" look slightly anti-aliased, are they text or are those words an image? If an image then set your image editor to not use anti-aliasing when creating the text, then it will match the browser generated text...

Comment #8

OK, I looked at the page and see that the text I thought might be an image is an image. If you don't want the blurry look of the anti-aliased text make the images without using anti-aliasing. It looks OK to me on my IE 5.5 Windows 98 system..

Also, the low contrast between the text and the background is adding to the apparent bluriness, I say apparent because it is only a trick of the eyes. Increase the contrast by making the text brighter and it will appear to look clearer...

Comment #9

I changed the colors here.

, I hope it looks grey/black and not red/purple on Windows...

Comment #10

The top image has a purple-ish tint to it, does not match the gray color on the rest of the page, this is most likely from applying jpg compression to the image when saving it, jpg is not good at maintaining strict color values when saving with compression..

Seeing as the image is only about 7KB I would try saving it with less compression and see if that helps, if not try gif if the file size doesn't get too big, you can also try using png format which is much better than jpg at retaining the color values but sometimes the file size is bigger. Some older bropwsers do not support png but I don't worry about that myself..

Jpg is not good for an image like that since it is very close to line art. Try png format...

Comment #11

They didn't look purple to me in the first place..

Either way, they're fine..

To my mind the biggest problem is that the color of your font on a black(ish) background is simply too dark for easy readability. I know it looks trs cool, but for usability it's a very bad choice no matter how cripy, fried or fat free your fonts are..


Comment #12

The .png image looked too bright when viewed in browser, here's the iPage site with .gif compression… how does this look? (for people who had the reddish tint).

Thanks again..

Comment #13

I'll have to save them as grayscale .gifs if it keeps showing up badly! Don't know what else to do about it…..

Comment #14

A couple of things:.

1. Have you ever had your monitor calibrated? Your images don't look and never have looked red or purple to me, including on the screenshots I took of them originally..

2. You do realize that black is #000000 not 1b1b1b or 171717 don't you?.

Had to ask, because I think you're stressing over things that you can't control. Things will always look different on other monitors. Some people run 256 colors (not many hopefully anymore) some run 16 bit, some 24bit some 32 bit and some probably something different. You will NEVER be able to control exactly how things display on different monitors..

Given how hard that text is to read on a black(ish) background (no it's nothing to do with antialiasing, it's a whole lot to do with beige on blackish) I find it a little amusing that you're worrying about the things you are..

I understand a desire to get it right and being @n@l about things isn't necessarily bad, but you have to realize some things are beyond your control - including how people's monitors are set up. Even if your monitor has been calibrated and renders colors as perfectly as technologically possible, there's no way on this little blue-green planet that many of your users will render the same way..


Comment #15

This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.