Microsoft shows off Internet Explorer 9 preview

Microsoft shows off Internet Explorer 9 preview

Summary: Microsoft's platform preview of its upcoming IE9 browser includes Scalable Vector Graphics, which will improve web-based graphical elements


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  • Miss the Asteroids game from 1979? SVG and JavaScript power this knock-off.

  • Hardware graphics are used to improve text rendering. Specifically, with DirectWrite, the text 'antialiased' with grey pixels to smooth the curves and letters are placed precisely with 'sub-pixel positioning'. Some of this technology in general has been in use for years, but the new implementation adds the grey pixels to account for both vertical and horizontal curves.

  • This shows a single word, magnified threefold to better illustrate the graphics of sub-pixel positioning.

Topic: Apps

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