I’ve been on a safari trip. A Safari trip, that is. Not satisfied with having three browsers, I installed a fourth one. Chrome is my default, but I use the others for testing purposes—too see how a site I’m working on displays in different browsers. I thought I might just as well add the default Apple browser to my browser showcase.
When my Safari launched, it was a trip to the first world aka the world of Apple users. The browser feels Apple-ish. I know, what a surprise. Another surprise was how poorly it renders fonts on my Windows laptop. My uneducated guess was that it’s because Safari wasn’t intended for Windows—though the Windows version does exist.
It’s actually right. Some Googling showed that it’s a common issue and that it’s apparently caused because Safari doesn’t use Windows ClearType font smoothing. There are several font smoothing options in Safari preferences, but none of them really fixes the problem. As one of the articles I found on the topic suggests, Safari for Windows is fast but fuzzy.
It’s not a big deal for the purpose for which I installed the browser in the first place—as a viewer rather than a browser. And I’m perversely glad that it doesn’t work right for me. It’s good to be reminded of your place. As a non-Apple user, I shouldn’t try using Apple products. It’s wise not to aspire to what you can’t have/do to avoid frustration. This might come across as negative, but my meaning is positive—after all, it’s what I hated the least today.