Why are my images so blurry in IE10?

Posted on 2013-06-16
Last Modified: 2013-11-19
** This demonstration of the problem may not work if you are viewing this in IE10 as that is where the problem lies.

I am finishing up my website design and I notice that any smaller images (such as my corporate headshot), are VERY blurry in IE10 while they are crystal clear in Firefox.  Weird.

What gives?

Is there something I can set in the code to fix this?

Here are screenshots of both images for comparison:

IE10:  IE10 Screenshot
Firefox:  Firefox Screenshot
These are both based upon the same image file.  As you can see, the quality of the IE10 image is completely unacceptable.  I tried .png and .bmp, same problem.
Question by:MitchellVII
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Expert Comment

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We would have to see the html and css being used. If you are allowing the browser to size the images, you will always get poor rendering in some or all browsers.  Plus the browsers do not necessarily interpret the code the same.  Using .bmp on a webpage is never a good idea.  The best for optimum quality cross-browser .jpg

In general IE rendering has always been inferior to other browsers.


Author Comment

ID: 39251404
Ok, have done a bit more research and have stumbled across a weird solution.

If I put the image into the HTML using the correct dimensions, like so:

<img alt="" src="images/web_mitchellbill_team_med2.jpg" style="float:left;height:122px;width:86px;margin-left:0px;margin-top:1px;margin-right:5px;margin-bottom:0px">

then Firefox renders properly and IE 10 renders blurry.

However, if I increase the image height and width by just one pixel like so:

<img alt="" src="images/web_mitchellbill_team_med2.jpg" style="float:left;height:123px;width:87px;margin-left:0px;margin-top:1px;margin-right:5px;margin-bottom:0px">

the IE 10 renders properly and Firefox renders blurry.


If I leave any dimensions out completely, Firefox is clear and IE 10 is blurry.
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Expert Comment

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Is that a real screenshot with the light gray border?
The images are not the same size. The FF image is larger with a smaller border. But overall is still smaller.
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What doctype are you using?
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Accepted Solution

COBOLdinosaur earned 500 total points
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You can always use the IE hack to get around it.  Code the regular setting in the style sheet the inline right before the image insert

<!--[if IE]>
	<style> style entry overrides here ... </style>

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It is a hack that Microsoft had to put in way back in the IE5 days to deal with the bugs that every IE browser has had to deal with.  Al browsers except IE treat the format as a comment, so only IE will render using the stuff in the style tag.


Author Comment

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Figured it out.  I am running this on a Surface Pro with an external monitor at 125% zoom.  It is the weird zoom factor that was making images in IE look strange.  When I went to 100% zoom everything was fine.


Will give you credit for the answer as what you have suggested would work.
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Expert Comment

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Oh yet another bug in IE10?  The zoom is supposed to rescale without distortion according to the spec.  However no expects IE to be to spec...


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