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9/23/11
Original Poster
evilspoons

Font smoothing doesn't work properly on 16.0.889.0

Running 16.0.889.0 (Official Build 102207) dev-m.
 
Using Windows 7 with Cleartype enabled. Before the update to this version (some build of 15) fonts looked fine (smoothed properly). Now, in 16.x, ClearType doesn't always apply itself to text.
 
For example, the submission box I am using to type this message out looks perfectly, but if I log in to Twitter.com all the messages in my feed are in non-antialiased Arial and generally look like crap. However, if I pass my mouse over a tweet so that the message is highlighted, the text seems to re-render with proper Cleartype.
 
Any ideas?
 
(Is this even the right place to submit questions about dev channel releases?)2011-09-23
 
Typo. "Looks perfectly normal" is what I meant in the first sentence of the second paragraph.
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All Replies (25)
liqtie
9/24/11
liqtie
I can reproduce this.
 
Win 7 x64 SP1
Chrome 16.0.889.0 dev-m (Build 102207)
ClearType enabled (and adjusted today but that did not change anything)
9/24/11
Original Poster
evilspoons
I found a complete description of the problem from one of the Chrome developers earlier in the day while I was at work, but I can't locate it again now. It has something to do with the Directdraw compositing of 2D pages, Windows not returning anti-aliased text when asked to, and some particular behaviour of Chrome.
 
In other words, they know about the problem and are trying to work out how to fix it. I guess I'll just put up with it on the PC that has the dev release, and be happy that I have the beta channel selected on my other computers.
niksosf
9/24/11
niksosf
Confirm here, the strokes look very "thin"
Uwe Keim
9/24/11
Uwe Keim
Here, too.
milosivanovic
9/24/11
milosivanovic
Still present in 16.0.891.0 (Developer Build 102650 Windows 7 SP1 x64). Sometimes if I highlight the text it magically becomes anti-aliased, but when I reload the page it goes away again.
Google user
9/24/11
Google user
Same problem here. I actually thought it was a problem with ClearType and have been trying to fix it for the last day or so. Seems to be a problem with Chrome.
ffsquall2
9/25/11
ffsquall2
Same problem, i have chrome 16.0.891.0 dev too
Eekekeke
9/25/11
Eekekeke
Same here, 16.0.891.0 canary. This basically makes the whole browser unusable for me... :X
ebonized
9/27/11
ebonized
Same here, 16.0.891.0 dev-m
PomeloQ
9/27/11
PomeloQ
me too.... Any Chinese Fonts(use 新細明體) & Japanese Fonts at Webpage.... Crash
 
Google Chrome version : 16.0.891.0 dev-m (Windows 7 64bit)
 
Screenshot : http://s3.amazonaws.com/awesome_screenshot/991553?AWSAccessKeyId=0R7FMW7AXRVCYMAPTPR2&Expires=1317123273&Signature=y6r4MR%2F4UFhbSWWbjrmjeaGxoTs%3D
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mairitsch
11/27/12
mairitsch
bug seems to persist, H1 are smooth in IE though.
page: http://www.zellamsee-kaprun.com/ja whereas arabic text is fine http://www.zellamsee-kaprun.com/ar
(Version 23.0.1271.64 m)
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