For quite some time I have been wondering what’s wrong with font rendering in KWord. I have seen KWord on other systems where the fonts rendering looked nice and sharp, but I couldn’t get the same look at my own system. The screenshot below shows how that looked.
The topic was discussed in the KDE forum and then in the KOffice IRC channel, where I finally got the right hint. The clue is changing the hinting style in the KDE systemsettings. This requires a some experimentation to find out which mode works best.
For me the change from full hinting to no hinting brought a great improvement as you can see below. The font in menu and toolbar changes a bit too, but that doesn’t bother me that much.
Maybe it’s possible to get even better rendering by flipping some secret switches, but so far I’m quite happy with the result.