I have this weird feeling that something must've happened to the Stack Overflow site recently: everything seems a tiny bit bolder in Chromium since a day or two ago (when I updated it).

Is it just my imagination, or did something actually happen to Stack Overflow?


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    It's just you.
    – Pops
    Sep 29, 2011 at 18:30
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    When I read the question I thought you meant something else Sep 29, 2011 at 18:46
  • Your keen eyes worry me. How am I supposed to secretly move your cheese later? BTW we haven't changed styling on SO.
    – Jin
    Sep 29, 2011 at 18:51
  • @Jin, don't move any cheese, but say you did. Easier and funnier!
    – Pops
    Sep 29, 2011 at 19:01
  • @NullUserExceptionஇ_இ: lol
    – user541686
    Sep 29, 2011 at 19:05
  • @PopularDemand: Haha... see my screenshot.
    – user541686
    Sep 29, 2011 at 19:33
  • It's a change (or bug) in Chrome, although to pull up the right details I'd need to know your browser version and OS.
    – Tim Stone
    Sep 29, 2011 at 20:16
  • Looks like a cleartype use issue. Settings changed?
    – NGLN
    Sep 29, 2011 at 21:01
  • @TimStone: 16.0.895.0 (Developer Build 103245 Windows)
    – user541686
    Sep 29, 2011 at 21:29
  • @NGLN: Nothing that I changed myself. And I don't know why that would affect anything, since the screenshots are from the same exact browser, just different sites...
    – user541686
    Sep 29, 2011 at 21:29
  • Does the text in the body of questions on Meta look the same as the screenshot of your comment text, or does it look more like what you see on Google?
    – Tim Stone
    Sep 30, 2011 at 0:02
  • Related question meta.stackexchange.com/questions/106125/… (since deleted), related answer meta.stackexchange.com/questions/9662/… Sep 30, 2011 at 0:06
  • @TimStone: They look more like the comment text... in fact, I'm now noticing that Facebook and other sites look like it too. I guess it was a Chromium change?
    – user541686
    Sep 30, 2011 at 0:08

2 Answers 2


The comment font appears a bit bolder because there isn't as much contrast between the rendered pixels, so your eye can't pick out the center line as distinctly as it can with your text sample from Google. You can see how this looks below, where the t on the left is the "thin" one, and the one on the right is the "bold" one:

pixel comparison of rendered fonts

Based on the browser information you provided and the fact that I don't see this in 16.0.891.0, it looks like the change in the comment font is probably due to the updated version of Skia that was rolled into the 16.0.895.0 release.

I'm not familiar enough with the source code to know why there's a variation between the two sites, although I had thought it might be related to the slight difference in font colour and the relevance that makes in the code that was changed. Based on your comment that seems less likely now, but you could switch the font colour on Google to #444444 and see if it changed anything.

In either case, it's definitely a result of upgrading Chrome. I actually remember experiencing this before for a bit before it went away, so presumably it'll go back again at some point (or at least I hope so).


The font weight in Stack Overflow has been the same for as long as anybody can remember. I think this can safely be attributed either to your imagination or a font rendering change in Chromium.

  • Probably the latter then -- I did update Chromium yesterday. lol, thanks. +1
    – user541686
    Sep 29, 2011 at 18:42
  • Ai, @Mehrdad, that information should probably have been in your question then!
    – Arjan
    Sep 29, 2011 at 18:49
  • @Arjan: Well I didn't think that's the cause, since I notice it only on SO. But idk, it's weird...
    – user541686
    Sep 29, 2011 at 19:04
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    @Mehrdad - are you sure you're not ever so slightly zoomed in on Stack Overflow?
    – ChrisF Mod
    Sep 29, 2011 at 19:11
  • @ChrisF: lol. Idk, do you see a difference?
    – user541686
    Sep 29, 2011 at 19:19

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