21 January 2021

Internet Explorer 7 Fonts not sharp (IE7)

I noticed something strange today when I use IE7 to browse PhotoMalaysia.com. Yeah…I just installed IE7 yesterday in order to tackle some browser issue which happens on IE7, so was “forced” to install it. I am a FireFox user, the best and perfect browser in the world (period). 🙂

So, what exactly is the problem with IE7? The first thing I notice is that everything seem blur on IE7. The fonts are not sharp…as if my spectacle is under power. Makes my head dizzy…

On the same site, when I browse with FF2, everything is “normal”, sharp and clear.

Is my mind playing illustration magic? I thought some would not believe what I am saying, so I make some screen capture of the same site using both browser and compared them side by side. See below for yourself:


It seems that IE7 cannot interpret the text colour correctly. Making single colour text into multiple colours, hence the unsharp effect.

I checked with some other sites, all same, so it is not a site issue but rather an issue with IE7. I am glad that there are choices other than IE7…my favorite is still FF2:



3 thoughts on “Internet Explorer 7 Fonts not sharp (IE7)

  1. Dear Kho King,

    That is because IE7 is using ClearType which delivers improved font display quality over traditional forms of font smoothing or anti-aliasing. ClearType improves readability on color LCD displays with a digital interface, such as those in laptops and high-quality flat panel displays. Readability on CRT screens can also be somewhat improved.

    You can turn it off in IE7 by clicking “Tools, Internet Options, Advanced, and uncheck Always use ClearType for HTML”

    Since you are a photographer, you may like to try Safari browser (http://www.apple.com/safari/). It renders pictures beautifully.


    Anyway, my default browser is Opera.

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