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A blog on WinFX: Windows Presentation Foundation text and flow layout.

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  • Blog Post: Blind Comparison VS2008 vs. VS2010

    The text clarity improvements in WPF4 bring WPFs text rendering to near GDI compatibility. Below is another set of comparison shots between VS2008 (GDI) and VS2010 (WPF4). These were taken with the newly released VS2010 . I have intentionally not marked which screenshot is from which version of VS. Test...
  • Blog Post: ClearTypeHint

    ClearType text filtering relies heavily on alpha blending ( overview of ClearType). This algorithm must know the color of the text and the color behind the text before creating the final glyph bitmap. Determining the background color can sometimes be a very expensive process (eg. text in a container...
  • Blog Post: WPF Text Measurement Units

    The WPF text team has seen some people get confused about what units WPF uses when measuring text. Samer, a developer on the WPF text team, and I have created this post to try and shed some light on this subject. The first part of this post is very straight forward, whereas the end will only be useful...
  • Blog Post: New WPF 4.0 Features

    WPF 4.0 Beta1 was released last month. While many exciting features were included in Beat1, there was no work targeting text, flow, or layout. This will all be reversed with WPF Beat2. Below is a brief overview for each of the features included in Beta2 which target text, flow, or layout. I will make...
  • Blog Post: DirectWrite Questions and Answers

    Hi, my name is Mikhail Leonov, and I’m a Senior Software Development Engineer on the DirectWrite team at Microsoft. I would like to address common user feedback on DirectWrite in a relatively informal ‘simple question – simple answer’ format. Feedback themes were gathered mostly from the user comments...
  • Blog Post: Tips for improving your WPF text rendering experience

    WPF uses the latest version of ClearType to render text. This version of ClearType has a few new features over the standard ClearType used in GDI and WinForms. You can read more about these features here . We’ve found that a couple simple tips can improve your reading experience: -Make sure...
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