https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4

Anybody notice a different font today?

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I thought the font here in the discussions looked different than usual when I logged on tonight, so I dug up an old screenshot I had to compare against. It's a small difference, but the font has definitely gotten a little darker/bolder. Maybe a response from the team for the folks that thought it was tough to make out the accent marks?

Two images of the same thread:

Amazing how noticeable tiny changes can be when you're here all the time :)

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/GrandaUrso

I'm glad my eyes weren't just deceiving me!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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Wow! Good eye, you.
A tiny change made a huge difference.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Phlargemschnapps
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It definitely changed in the exercises. Less bold, neater... glad someone else noticed. I was questioning my sanity. It looks a lot better with accented letters now as well.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotCiro
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It happened to me, I did think it was just with my computer, I didn't know that it is happening to other people of duolingo as well, good to know :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scilling
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Duolingo’s CSS now specifies antialiased font smoothing for Webkit-based browsers; my guess is that’s the difference between your Before and After images.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wstockall
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So if I use Firefox I won't see any change?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scilling
scilling
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I use Firefox, and I haven’t noticed any change.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4
writchie4
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Interesting, thanks for the technical info.

Toggling that "antialiasing" setting doesn't seem to change the way the page renders for me (in Chrome). Are you sure that specific setting is new?

Font rendering is hardly my area of expertise, but based on a quick googling, it seems to be somewhat controversial to use it for dark text on light backgrounds (this author in particular is very much against the idea). Duolingo's new font rendering doesn't seem particularly worse to me, but it's probably worth paying attention to see if the new version is harder to read over time.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scilling
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I don’t have an older copy of Duolingo’s CSS, so it’s possible that that wasn’t a recent addition, but your images certainly look as though the difference is explained by antialiased font smoothing.

I don’t use a Webkit-based browser myself (and thus haven’t noticed any difference between today’s rendering and yesterday’s rendering), but perhaps specifying the antialiased font smoothing in the CSS overrides whichever browser setting you’re toggling?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnIsAPandah

Hmm... Linn was right :P

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/edsheeran102

Yeah, I thought I noticed something..... Now that you point it out, there is a difference...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KrazyKaderKat

Blink, and you'll miss it.

I could hardly tell the difference, then I started looking at the T's when switching back and forth between images, and then I could see the change. It's a slight difference, but once you notice it, it turns into this big discussion. ;P

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ungewitig_Wiht

I didn't notice because I use a font changer and my own font :þ

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tattamin
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I felt something had changed when I replied to a comment on my stream a couple of minutes ago.
I first thought I might have increased the font size by accident, but apparently that wasn't it. ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sapiophia
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I noticed immediately when I clicked on a new exercise last night, suddenly it had changed. At first I was put off, but looking at the two examples it does look a lot smoother now. Glad someone else picked up on it and that I'm not the only one obsessed by fonts...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/iheartbieber
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I can't tell the difference :(

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
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yes I noticed it right away too

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheQueenZerelda

YES! I am so glad you mentioned it. I knew it looked different but that has happened before so I thought it was just me.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Robloxian_Kitten

I noticed it too!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/oskalingo
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I'm always impressed by people who notice this level of detail in fonts. While I can see the difference between the Before and After images kindly supplied by the OP I personally didn't notice anything until coming into this thread.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/widle
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So that's why accented letters didn't show up when I opened a discussion on my phone this morning. Oh well.

2 years ago
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