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Font Smoothing Critesjm 2/28/09 2:12 PM
This is a purely aesthetic suggestion, but I was wondering if it was possible to include apple-esque font smoothing to text in web pages. I've been using the Safari 4 beta quite a bit lately and when I try to use Chrome the lack of font smoothing is really noticeable. I'm not saying that this is completely necessary, but the addition would be rather useful.
Re: Font Smoothing agl 2/28/09 5:56 PM
Apple font smoothing occurs because they ported their graphics libraries to Windows, including their truetype renderer. Chrome uses the system font renderer so, in short, unless Windows supports Apple like renderering in the future, Chrome never will I'm afraid.
Re: Font Smoothing Critesjm 2/28/09 6:22 PM
Well maybe they could include a similar truetype renderer? The new version of Safari actually uses the Windows system font renderer by default now, and they make the smoothing optional. So I figure if Chrome wanted to, they could do something similar.
Re: Font Smoothing JECShack 3/13/09 5:16 AM
Google Chrome doesn't need it. I think OS creators are responsible for bringing Font smoothing to their end-users especially there are a lot of existing types of monitors in the market especially CRT and flat screens.

I only knew one, Microsoft's ClearType Tuner. It works exactly what you said. Maybe you should try it.

Re: Font Smoothing wernerm 7/2/09 5:02 PM
IE8's smoothing of fonts is yet a further improvement from IE7. Wonder if they are achieving that with the same renderer of the underlying OS?
Re: Font Smoothing vrekks 7/3/09 5:55 PM
For every feature and customization that you add to a program, be it a simple dialogue box or an option to run a program as opposed to saving the file requires an addition of code. As you add code, a browser begins to become clunky. Therefore, every time you request a superfluous feature that maybe saves you a half a second and that extra inch that you'd have to move your mouse, you're making my user experience less and less enjoyable.
Re: Font Smoothing balazssb 9/25/09 9:55 AM
To tell you the truth that is the only one reason why I am using Safari instead of Chrome, namely the font smoothing. The difference is huge with that. I read texts 8 hours a day and with smoothing the texts are far more readable. I wait for this option in Chrome very much!
Re: Font Smoothing steve-G 10/13/09 12:55 AM
it works on vista, right ?
Re: Font Smoothing grksk 3/11/10 5:56 AM
I still searching it but cant find yet.
thats why ı use safari..
also I think it is not too hard for google to solve this problem.. but they should be quick
Re: Font Smoothing David Millar 3/30/10 10:40 AM
I've found that on the same system, current versions of Firefox have much better font rendering than current versions of Chrome. I'm not sure how Firefox handles it's rendering, but (even with my non-application developer thinking) I can't see it solely being an operating system issue.
Re: Font Smoothing ali097 7/15/10 10:19 AM
You could always try and find an alternative to ClearType that renders font similar to Mac. The one i've downloaded doesn't seem to work in chrome.. =[
This is the website it's in jap but if you're using Chrome it'll translate..:
Re: Font Smoothing registradus 9/20/10 11:51 PM
New versions of gdi++ that work with chrome are available here: 
Re: Font Smoothing BenjaminKohl 10/21/10 7:38 AM
I love the font renderer in linux because it is smoother using Firefox (in my distro anyway).  Even if I have ClearType enabled in Windows, Chrome and Firefox render the fonts in a choppy manner that I don't like.  The font rendering is something I have liked about Safari for quite some time.  It is not only easier for me to read, but it just looks a lot better too from a design perspective.
Re: Font Smoothing waldyrious 1/27/11 6:45 AM
I had this problem too but it turns out ClearType wasn't activated on my system. If you're unsure, try downloading Microsoft's ClearType Tuner from (search for "ClearType Tuner PowerToy" on the sidebar on the right)
Re: Font Smoothing inspire48 2/21/11 5:08 AM
Actually, I've been running GDI++ under Windows XP, and it works beautifully for all the system stuff (Explorer, title bars, Start menu, etc) as well as the content in IE(8—haven't used any other version). GDI++ does smooth the text in Chrome's omnibar and tabs, but doesn't affect the content rendering. Might this be due to a WebKit rendering view?
Re: Font Smoothing rms707 7/13/11 1:10 PM
Chromes font gives me a headache.
Re: Font Smoothing anwarak 8/11/11 4:28 PM
I agree and also the reason why i can't fully convert to Chrome. Get font smoothing.
Re: Font Smoothing Hyperwind 8/25/11 12:31 AM
Exactly, Google guys.

As simple as that - good, comfortable font smoothing - that's what Chrome really lacks.
Re: Font Smoothing TheHusar 9/6/11 5:54 AM
Chrome's font smoothing = old IE font smoothing. That's just terrible.

Great browser otherwise.
Re: Font Smoothing not2pretty 11/10/11 11:19 AM
I think Google needs to get with the program here and make font smoothing a priority. I am gonna stop using their browser, cause I'm tired of trying to read all the lousy letters. You know, it's funny, all the text and fonts on Google's servers look great - kinda weird, actually.
Re: Font Smoothing Kate3941 11/16/11 6:58 PM
Wow I've been switching over to Chrome because I like so many things about it, but if the webfonts are going to display as poorly as they do guess I'll go back to IE.

Makes no sense... they are GoogleFonts and it's GoogleChrome. Doesn't one side of the company talk to the other?
Re: Font Smoothing Ango11 12/3/11 6:59 AM
Font Smoothing is a terrible think, its not even medical right. Font-smoothing makes letters bolder, that's why its seems at first to be more easy for reading and more aesthetic. However every font-smoothing out there makes the fonts blurry, and depending on the different monitors make things much worse or less worse. In fact this more blurry text makes your eye constantly trying to focus, and this is way worse for your eyes.

So if there is a font smoothing its better to be optional for people who like it but not mandatory.
Re: Font Smoothing chiropractor33 1/5/12 4:44 PM
The fonts in Chrome are embarrassingly bad. Switched over from FF, but I'm just about ready to abandon Chrome for IE9. The fonts on some web pages (Twitter) aren't rendering correctly and it just looks terrible.
Re: Font Smoothing Jess.Fortier 3/9/12 6:20 AM
Chrome, for all of its speed and glory, really dropped the ball on this one. Its pretty sad to see my websites rendering not only correctly, but also BETTER, in Internet Explorer than in Chrome these days. Hath hell frozen over?

The lack of font smoothing looks terrible from an aesthetic point of view and can significantly reduce legibility. What is it going to take for Chrome developers to address the fact that this is not only a desired feature, but also a necessary function?

It's been three years since this was first requested. What's the hold up?
Re: Font Smoothing edsalX 4/14/12 8:19 AM
A work around to get your font to display nicely in Chrome on Windows is to use the following CSS rule: "-webkit-text-stroke: 1px;" and if that doesn't work try: "-webkit-text-stroke: 1px transparent;" - I've had better results when I omitted the transparent part, though.

This literally places a text stroke (with anti-aliasing on it) around the edges of your text. This will give the impression of text looking smoother. It's a nasty, hack to get around Chrome's poor font rendering, but it'll do.

Re: Font Smoothing Adrien Constant 6/19/12 1:00 AM
On my attempt, -webkit-text-stroke renders really bad on the text in the latest Google Chrome version.
Re: Font Smoothing arisdisc 8/1/12 7:18 PM
I'm with TJFORTIER. My Internet Explorer is corrupted - near useless, but everytime I open Chrome (which is so much faster) I see the crappy looking fonts, close it and go back to my wounded IE.

Re: Font Smoothing speilberg0 8/30/12 7:23 AM
Try using a smaller value like -webkit-text-stroke: 0.2px;. It seems to do a good job without making the text too bold.
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