Okay, so any user of Mac OS for Chrome using the default theme is probably familiar with this problem (I hope it's not just me). On the new tab page, the text captions for your Most Visited sites (as well as app names, if you're using them) don't render correctly. As far as I can tell, there's something wrong with the subpixel smoothing when using a transparent background.
If you hover over an app, the background fades in grey, and the text looks fine again. Mouse out and the background color transitions to
rgba(255, 255, 255, 0), and the text is once again ugly.
If I open the web debugger and overwrite that rule with
background-color: #fff the problem disappears. (
.app a is the selector)
Of course, this wouldn't work if you had a background image or something, but I don't, and I want to know how to make this fix permanent. It's a minor annoyance, but it's been bugging me for a while now and I decided not to take it anymore.
According to the resource inspector it's using a file called
newtab.css...does anyone know where that file lives (assuming it is, in fact, a file, and not some bundled resource masquerading as such)? A search of my disk turned up nothing, but that would've been too easy. Failing that, is there some other way to persistently overwrite this rule?
Chrome 10.0.648.204, Mac OS 10.6.7, for what it's worth. Not using the dev edition or anything weird. This problem has been around for a while though; it's not new to Chrome 10 or anything.
Proof that I'm not crazy: This is how it looks by default:
And this is how it looks with the workaround described above:
And just for good measure, this is how it looks in the hover state with the default CSS:
That's not bad compression...that's actually how bad the text looks. This occurs on both my iMac (early 2010) and my MacBook Air (early 2011), so I don't think it's a system issue. Unless I did the same dumb thing on both computers? It seems unlikely, but I won't discount it... I thought maybe I was syncing a theme that did this, but that is not the case. This is the default theme.