Webkit font smoothing


It has come to my attention that web designers are abusing the non–standard -webkit-font-smoothing CSS property to make fonts look thinner, fuzzier and crappier on the Mac.

There are two possible reasons for this.

  1. It’s a misguided attempt at cross-platform, lowest common denominator design. The idea sounds great in theory, but then again so did GUI Java applications. Let the OS handle this.

  2. Worst still, some are doing it on purpose. No, your “fixes” make it look worse. Get over yourselves, and stop messing with it. Don’t like how it looks? Use Windows or Linux and their sub–par font rendering.

In the words of Maddox, if you disagree with this post, you are wrong.

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