I like how the MathJax settings are no longer images in principle.

However I find the font Chrome is using to be a lot less readable than the images we used to see before, even on zoom in

Mostly its due to the thinness of the characters coupled with too much italicizing.

Are people happy with it? Did they like the images better? I did.

Is there a way to have mathjax render-mode (old school image or new style html/css) an option?

  • $\begingroup$ bobobobo: you shouldn't do that. Next time re-upload the picture using ctrl+g and pasting the image link using "from the web" with the .stack stripped from the old link. See Jeff's answer here for an explanation why. $\endgroup$
    – t.b.
    Commented Jul 9, 2011 at 15:21

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Doesn't look that way for me on Chrome 10, Windows 7 x64:

enter image description here

Are you using an OS that doesn't do character anti-aliasing like Windows XP?

Prove the reduction formula

  • $\begingroup$ Same O/S/config. Actually, I turned off "smooth edges of screen fonts" in System Properties/Performance Options. (I don't use antialiasing for normal text because I find it uncomfortable). When I turn it on, the mathjax does look better. Suppose I can't have the best of both worlds, huh $\endgroup$
    – bobobobo
    Commented Apr 3, 2011 at 14:52
  • $\begingroup$ I don't think its XP related since on XP SP3 I see the same formula as do you, not the OP's. It may be that the OP is using a low DPI monitor. I think this is the same problem that I recently reported about the recent font changes being a big step backwards. This change should be reverted. It's so bad I cannot even bear looking at some renderings. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 3, 2011 at 23:09
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    $\begingroup$ @bobobobo: Nowadays, I can no longer stand seeing non-anti-aliased text, to me it's surprising that you actually preferred non-anti-aliased text. Have you tried tuning ClearType parameters? microsoft.com/typography/cleartype/tuner/step1.aspx $\endgroup$
    – Lie Ryan
    Commented Jun 5, 2011 at 6:24
  • $\begingroup$ I did. I'd rather increase the screen font size than have ClearType blur it. I was brought up in the 90's, so I'm most comfortable with jaggy text. $\endgroup$
    – bobobobo
    Commented Jul 9, 2011 at 14:25

Ubuntu + Firefox 5: enter image description here

I think you should try tweaking your system's font smoothing, it should be available since as early as Windows 2000 and the first MacOS X.

You might need to use 3rd-party tools for this, though.


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