View Full Version : Text smearing
01-31-2009, 01:50 PM
Back in the day of the browser wars, there were times when I went to site and while it was loading I might scroll down it. When I did, the text would sometimes "smear" together as if it were semi-wet paint and some took a brush to it. Sometimes, it would recover but other times it would remain "smeared." I haven't encountered this problem in a long time, but I always wondered what caused it. Anyone?
01-31-2009, 02:16 PM
It's impossible to say precisely without knowing all the details, but I would guess that it was probably just sloppy rendering code: when displaying a page while it was still loading, for some reason it failed to properly clear the background before re-drawing scrolled text.
01-31-2009, 03:06 PM
Anti-aliasing can create a 'smeared' effect by turning sharp borders between the text and background into a more complex shaded image. That wouldn't have anything to do with scrolling, though.
01-31-2009, 08:11 PM
I can sometimes get a strange effect if a slow computer page is loading and I scroll or slide down before it is loaded. Happens a lot on dial-up.
Happens most in IE or AOHell....
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