Has font rendering changed?

  • @jackyan Not sure if it's been asked, but I assume this is happening on other sites too? Are you able to find any relation between the type of fonts used and how they render?

    There are some flags you could check (defaults):
    chrome://flags/#ignore-gpu-blacklist (Disabled)
    chrome://flags/#disable-accelerated-2d-canvas (Enabled, flag name is misnomer)
    chrome://flags/#enable-oop-rasterization (Default)
    chrome://flags/#font-src-local-matching (Default)

    There's also:

    Click "Copy report to clipboard" and make it available for instance on https://pastebin.com/
    I can compare with my output. Most of the stuff in the first features section should be enabled/green, apart from:
    Out-of-process Rasterization, Hardware Protected Video Decode, Skia Renderer

    Other than that, and if you're sure you've excluded all possible causes on your Vivaldi install (extensions, GPU override settings, hardware acceleration on/off etc), and since it doesn't seem to happen in other browsers, the best is to report the issue and hope the team is able to reproduce it:

    I recommend to describe your issue as detailed as possible and include things like screenshots and other information like output from the gpu page above.

  • Hi @Pathduck, that was really helpful, thank you. Yes, it is happening on all sites, whether the fonts are linked or whether they are being loaded from the system.

    My flags are identical to the ones you’ve posted.

    The report is below, and I have the same ones in green.

    Since yesterday, I have tried Chrome and it exhibits this behaviour now, so something must have changed in Chromium. Same story with Edge, now that it’s Chromium-based. Opera and GX seem to be the exceptions.

    Graphics Feature Status
    Canvas: Hardware accelerated
    Flash: Hardware accelerated
    Flash Stage3D: Hardware accelerated
    Flash Stage3D Baseline profile: Hardware accelerated
    Compositing: Hardware accelerated
    Multiple Raster Threads: Enabled
    Out-of-process Rasterization: Disabled
    Hardware Protected Video Decode: Unavailable
    Rasterization: Hardware accelerated
    Skia Renderer: Disabled
    Video Decode: Hardware accelerated
    Viz Display Compositor: Enabled
    Viz Hit-test Surface Layer: Enabled
    WebGL: Hardware accelerated
    WebGL2: Hardware accelerated
    Driver Bug Workarounds
    Problems Detected
    Protected video decoding with swap chain is for Windows and Intel only
    Disabled Features: protected_video_decode
    Some drivers are unable to reset the D3D device in the GPU process sandbox
    Applied Workarounds: exit_on_context_lost
    Clear uniforms before first program use on all platforms: 124764, 349137
    Applied Workarounds: clear_uniforms_before_first_program_use
    Always rewrite vec/mat constructors to be consistent: 398694
    Applied Workarounds: scalarize_vec_and_mat_constructor_args
    ANGLE crash on glReadPixels from incomplete cube map texture: 518889
    Applied Workarounds: force_cube_complete
    Framebuffer discarding can hurt performance on non-tilers: 570897
    Applied Workarounds: disable_discard_framebuffer
    Disable KHR_blend_equation_advanced until cc shaders are updated: 661715
    Applied Workarounds: disable(GL_KHR_blend_equation_advanced), disable(GL_KHR_blend_equation_advanced_coherent)
    Decode and Encode before generateMipmap for srgb format textures on Windows: 634519
    Applied Workarounds: decode_encode_srgb_for_generatemipmap
    Zero-copy DXGI video hangs or displays incorrect colors on AMD drivers: 623029
    Applied Workarounds: disable_dxgi_zero_copy_video
    Hardware overlays result in black videos on non-Intel GPUs: 932879
    Applied Workarounds: disable_direct_composition_video_overlays
    Delayed copy NV12 causes crashes on GPU main thread when DXVA video decoder runs on another thread: 983787
    Applied Workarounds: disable_delayed_copy_nv12
    Don't use video processor scaling on non-Intel GPUs.: 993233
    Applied Workarounds: disable_vp_scaling
    ANGLE Features
    disable_program_caching_for_transform_feedback (Frontend workarounds): Disabled
    On some GPUs, program binaries don't contain transform feedback varyings
    lose_context_on_out_of_memory (Frontend workarounds): Enabled: true
    Some users rely on a lost context notification if a GL_OUT_OF_MEMORY error occurs
    scalarize_vec_and_mat_constructor_args (Frontend workarounds) 398694: Enabled: true
    Always rewrite vec/mat constructors to be consistent
    sync_framebuffer_bindings_on_tex_image (Frontend workarounds): Disabled
    On some drivers TexImage sometimes seems to interact with the Framebuffer
    add_dummy_texture_no_render_target (D3D workarounds) anglebug:2152: Disabled: isIntel && capsVersion < IntelDriverVersion(4815)
    On some drivers when rendering with no render target, two bugs lead to incorrect behavior
    allow_clear_for_robust_resource_init (D3D workarounds) 941620: Disabled: false
    Some drivers corrupt texture data when clearing for robust resource initialization.
    call_clear_twice (D3D workarounds) 655534: Disabled: isIntel && isSkylake && capsVersion < IntelDriverVersion(4771)
    Using clear() may not take effect
    depth_stencil_blit_extra_copy (D3D workarounds) anglebug:1452: Disabled
    Bug in some drivers triggers a TDR when using CopySubresourceRegion from a staging texture to a depth/stencil
    disable_b5g6r5_support (D3D workarounds): Enabled: (isIntel && capsVersion < IntelDriverVersion(4539)) || isAMD
    Textures with the format DXGI_FORMAT_B5G6R5_UNORM have incorrect data
    emulate_isnan_float (D3D workarounds) 650547: Disabled: isIntel && isSkylake && capsVersion < IntelDriverVersion(4542)
    Using isnan() on highp float will get wrong answer
    emulate_tiny_stencil_textures (D3D workarounds): Enabled: isAMD && !(deviceCaps.featureLevel < D3D_FEATURE_LEVEL_10_1)
    1x1 and 2x2 mips of depth/stencil textures aren't sampled correctly
    expand_integer_pow_expressions (D3D workarounds): Enabled: true
    The HLSL optimizer has a bug with optimizing 'pow' in certain integer-valued expressions
    flush_after_ending_transform_feedback (D3D workarounds): Disabled: isNvidia
    Some drivers sometimes write out-of-order results to StreamOut buffers when transform feedback is used to repeatedly write to the same buffer positions
    force_atomic_value_resolution (D3D workarounds) anglebug:3246: Disabled: isNvidia
    On some drivers the return value from RWByteAddressBuffer.InterlockedAdd does not resolve when used in the .yzw components of a RWByteAddressBuffer.Store operation
    get_dimensions_ignores_base_level (D3D workarounds): Disabled: isNvidia
    Some drivers do not take into account the base level of the texture in the results of the HLSL GetDimensions builtin
    mrt_perf_workaround (D3D workarounds): Enabled: true
    Some drivers have a bug where they ignore null render targets
    pre_add_texel_fetch_offsets (D3D workarounds): Disabled: isIntel
    HLSL's function texture.Load returns 0 when the parameter Location is negative, even if the sum of Offset and Location is in range
    rewrite_unary_minus_operator (D3D workarounds): Disabled: isIntel && (isBroadwell || isHaswell) && capsVersion < IntelDriverVersion(4624)
    Evaluating unary minus operator on integer may get wrong answer in vertex shaders
    select_view_in_geometry_shader (D3D workarounds): Disabled: !deviceCaps.supportsVpRtIndexWriteFromVertexShader
    The viewport or render target slice will be selected in the geometry shader stage for the ANGLE_multiview extension
    set_data_faster_than_image_upload (D3D workarounds): Enabled: !(isIvyBridge || isBroadwell || isHaswell)
    Set data faster than image upload
    skip_vs_constant_register_zero (D3D workarounds): Disabled: isNvidia
    In specific cases the driver doesn't handle constant register zero correctly
    use_instanced_point_sprite_emulation (D3D workarounds): Disabled: isFeatureLevel9_3
    Some D3D11 renderers do not support geometry shaders for pointsprite emulation
    use_system_memory_for_constant_buffers (D3D workarounds) 593024: Disabled: isIntel
    Copying from staging storage to constant buffer storage does not work
    zero_max_lod (D3D workarounds): Disabled: isFeatureLevel9_3
    Missing an option to disable mipmaps on a mipmapped texture
    Version Information
    Data exported	2020-01-13T08:41:00.744Z
    Chrome version	Chrome/79.0.3945.94
    Operating system	Windows NT 10.0.18363
    Software rendering list URL	https://chromium.googlesource.com/chromium/src/+/36534724d0d761d68b9150507df9c8e88c98f5d0/gpu/config/software_rendering_list.json
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    ANGLE commit id	unknown hash
    2D graphics backend	Skia/79 64f0af0f6548f7b8c45e7e3b2630e34deb04c1aa
    Command Line	"C:\Users\Jack Yan\AppData\Local\Vivaldi\Application\vivaldi.exe" --flag-switches-begin --flag-switches-end --enable-audio-service-sandbox --save-page-as-mhtml
    Driver Information
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    In-process GPU	false
    Passthrough Command Decoder	true
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    AMD switchable	false
    Desktop compositing	Aero Glass
    Direct composition	true
    Supports overlays	false
    YUY2 overlay support	NONE
    NV12 overlay support	NONE
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    GPU CUDA compute capability major version	0
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    Machine model name	
    Machine model version	
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    Disabled WebGL Extensions	
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    GPU process crash count	0
    gfx::BufferFormats supported for allocation and texturing	R_8: not supported, R_16: not supported, RG_88: not supported, BGR_565: not supported, RGBA_4444: not supported, RGBX_8888: not supported, RGBA_8888: not supported, BGRX_8888: not supported, BGRX_1010102: not supported, RGBX_1010102: not supported, BGRA_8888: not supported, RGBA_F16: not supported, YVU_420: not supported, YUV_420_BIPLANAR: not supported, P010: not supported
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  • @jackyan Please use code formatting (the </> icon) on the text editing toolbar.

  • @Pesala Thank you. I just tried but the website won’t let me.

    Vivaldi flags spam.png

  • Moderator

    @jackyan I tried to edit your post. This spam filter is to strict.
    I will try tomorrow.

  • @Gwen-Dragon Thank you, sorry for the trouble.

  • @jackyan That's why I said to use a Pastebin 😉
    But my bad, I should've asked for only the Feature Status part. The rest of the stuff is way too technical anyway, and too dependent on different GPUs and workarounds.

    But the settings at least are the same. For now I have no idea, I say just report it to the tracker.

    FYI I had a look at the site in the other browsers I have installed, Opera, Firefox, (old) Edge - the font looks exactly the same on all browsers.

  • Moderator

    @jackyan Edit worked now and i changed long listing to code block.

  • @Pathduck I’ll do that tomorrow (the reporting). Thank you for walking me through this.

    Interestingly, Firefox is quite different for me (always has been). I know this is academic (and as I wanted to show text that wasn’t the same as before) …

    Opera (and a good proxy for Vivaldi 2.5):
    Opera Snapshot_2020-01-13_132619_vivaldi.com.png


    Vivaldi 2.10
    2020-01-13 13.27.55 vivaldi.com 46328db64e61.png

    For me, Firefox has always been a little heavier, slightly clunkier, which is fine for sans serif body types with low contrast, not so good with finer serif types. (Old) Vivaldi was always the best.

  • @Gwen-Dragon Thank you!

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