Use-case for turning off display smoothing

Walter Bender walter.bender at
Wed Aug 22 17:48:49 EDT 2007

We should alway make sure that there is some value contrast in our
color choices so that (a) things will work in reflective mode and (b)
those with color vision deficiencies can still see important


On 8/22/07, C. Scott Ananian <cscott at> wrote:
> On 8/22/07, Jameson Chema Quinn <jquinn at> wrote:
> > I'm thinking about syntax coloring. In cases like this, it is more important
> > to be able to see *whether* something is colored than to see what color it
> > is. Even with no backlight, the diagonal banding would give you that
> > information; the smoothing, by reducing that banding, would be getting in
> > the way.
> There's no display smoothing without the backlight.  The smoothing is
> only done when color is being shown (thus the backlight is on).
> It might be better to use 'reversed text' and/or slightly-tinted
> backgrounds for highlighting.  These should expand the number of
> different style variants which we can distinguish without needing to
> parse small differences in greylevel.
>  --scott
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