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When browsing the Stack Overlflow Careers site, the fonts look really bad in Chrome, while they look good in IE9. The zoom level in Chrome is 100%. Other Stack Exchange sites look good, it's just the Careers site. Running on Windows 7.


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I think that's just how Chrome renders fonts. – Ryan O'Hara Jul 24 '12 at 21:39
Which version of Chrome are you using? Also, since other sites display fine, I assume you have ClearType enabled? – Tim Stone Jul 24 '12 at 21:49
No-repro. Looks fine to me on 20.0.1132.57 – Bart Jul 24 '12 at 21:51
Looks fine on OS X. – Ernest Friedman-Hill Jul 24 '12 at 22:25
I can't see any difference myself (IE9 and Chrome 20 on Win7 x64). – Kev Jul 24 '12 at 22:51
Looks fine on Arch. – user184498 Jul 24 '12 at 22:57
The browser probably just needs more hipster – random Jul 24 '12 at 23:06
ClearType is disabled in the Chrome screenshot.… – Uphill Luge Jul 25 '12 at 0:41
up vote 7 down vote accepted

I can't repro this -- the homepage looks fine to me in Chrome (current ver) on Windows 7

Font list is

font-family: "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif

I suspect you have Helv Neue installed. I've heard it can render badly on Windows, and Chrome in particular has not adopted the newer Firefox 4.0+ and IE9+ font rendering strategies on Windows...

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It looks slightly different (better) on my PC with Helvetica Neue installed, but the premise remains the same - Helvetica and its variants are known to look bad on Windows. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Jul 24 '12 at 22:26
This is correct - it only reproduces on a Windows machine that has Helvetica Neue installed. I tested on two machines with Neue and one without - looked consistently bad in the first two cases, and no issue in the later case. – davidair Jul 25 '12 at 17:50
how can I overcome this problem? Fonts render just fine on SO and meta, but on rest of SE they look awful and causes eye fatigue. On SO & meta font:Arial,Liberation Sans,DejaVu Sans,sans-serif but on other sites Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif. Edit: windows 7, happens on chrome, FF, IE. – Omar Sep 21 '13 at 12:18!topic/chrome/J4dqHZD3dcs This solved it once and for all. – Omar Sep 21 '13 at 14:31

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