Yes I see it too (and I have Clear Type on). I think it is just a mater of the way the pixels are arranged in the particular font used by the SDMB. Diagonal lines as in W and V cannot be fully filled in with pixels at relatively small font sizes. If you use the Windows Magnifier you should be able to see what is happening. Possibly turning Clear Type off would fix it, but that is probably not a good idea as all the other letters will look worse.
The effect will go away if you increase your browser font size sufficiently (Cntrl+), and possibly also if you decrease it (Cntrl-), but at what is the sweet spot size for me, V and W do indeed look a bit faded. I am not sure if it is possible for users to change the SDMB default font. If so, that might well work too.
The user base is 90%+ Windows and most OSes and browsers have equivalent technology. I’d rather make a useful suggestion that might move things forward than spend two days discussing which video driver he might be using.
Well, I for one welcome our new font overlords who have verily provided us with this new multi-intensity-valued way to show the various letters of the alphabet. It appears that my browser wants to display the letter Y as well as W and V in this variant style.
It is nothing to do with IE11. I see the effect in question in Firefox, and I have been aware of it for a long time. As I said in my previous post, I believe it has to do with the pixel map of the default font in which the SDMB is displayed. I do not know, however, whether or how this font can be changed, either by a user or the board administration. In any case, the matter is of little importance. It does not significantly impact readability.
No, I see it in IE11 too. As I said earlier, its salience depends on the font size (on the zoom), but the effect appears in both IE and Firefox. I haven’t tried in other browsers but I would be quite surprised if it does not occur in them too. It is not a browser issue, it is a font issue.
Actually no. Not if what I have said is right (and no one is really contradicting me). It is a result of the font the board uses, and very likely can only be fixed (if at all) at your end, by changing the default font.
Although, as I have also said, it does not really matter much.