Mac OSX, 10.7.4. Running Chrome.

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As you can see, my bold text is... not very bold. There is a little difference though.

Happens to me in SciFi.SE only. SO is fine.

I tested with Safari, and it actually works, so perhaps it is a Chrome problem.

Why is this?


User phantom42 provided a good comparison of Chrome (top) and Firefox (bottom) on OSX:

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  • Normal Italics Bold Bold Italics
    – user1027
    Feb 27, 2013 at 18:55
  • Here in Firefox 19 on Windows 7, bold looks bold.
    – user1027
    Feb 27, 2013 at 18:57
  • @Keen: Curiously, your comment's bold text does look bold to me (although it is a little bit hard to identify). I suppose this occurs on question/answer preview only then.
    – Voldemort
    Feb 27, 2013 at 19:00
  • It looks okay in Chrome on Windows (in Question preview; on main site it looks good; on meta, a little less bold, but still noticeable).
    – Beofett
    Feb 27, 2013 at 19:03
  • A similar question occurs here.
    – Solemnity
    Feb 28, 2013 at 2:21
  • Looks fuzzy in Chromium on Ubuntu, but normal and bold are still much more easily distinguishable than on that screenshot of Keen's comment...
    – Izkata
    Feb 28, 2013 at 2:47
  • I'm kind of inclined to blame Chrome for this one... but, now it's been about a month which means a billion new Chrome versions. Is this still an issue with the latest stable Chrome?
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Mar 21, 2013 at 21:14
  • @AnnaLear: Yes, the current version (25.0.1364.172 wtf...) presents the same issues. If only we could get another OSX Chrome user...
    – Voldemort
    Mar 22, 2013 at 0:10
  • This sounds like a font issue, rather than (or maybe in addition to) a browser problem. Inspecting the page reveals the following font declaration: font-family: 'VarelaRoundRegular','Helvetica Neue',Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;. Maybe you don't have any of the listed fonts (although the first one is a web font, so theoretically that shouldn't matter...) and your fallback sans-serif font is just too bold-looking?
    – Martha
    Mar 22, 2013 at 1:55
  • here you go. chrome vs ff on osx - top: chrome 25.0.1364.172. bottom: ff 19.0.2 - it's definitely harder to make out the difference in chrome.
    – phantom42
    Mar 24, 2013 at 4:41
  • @phantom42: Thanks! That's a much better comparison image. I'll update the question with it.
    – Voldemort
    Mar 26, 2013 at 14:47


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