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In google chrome, the same color sometimes appears differently. I took a couple screen shots and zoomed in, and you can see that sometimes, there is a reddish halo around the type, and other times there isn't. This happens on the same element. Sometimes the type gets rendered with the reddish halo, and sometimes it doesn't.  with halowithout halo
I cannot provide a link to the page. This is a huge application that requires authentication. I'm hoping there is some Chrome specific issue that others have discovered and been able to find a work around for. I've tried playing with -webkit-font-smoothing, but it had no impact on the intermittent red halo effect. In the screenshots attached I am not using any -webkit-font-smoothing (and I'd prefer to leave it that way unless absolutely necessary).
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The halo is display anti-aliasing.  Depending on where the text is located, it can indeed occur in one location and not another within the very same window.  The upper of the two demonstrates very well what a bad anti-aliasing algorithm can do -- it has chosen colors that are not remotely close to either blue or gray.

So far as I know there's little that can be done about it.  Google shows many, and ongoing complaints about font anti-aliasing in Chrome.  There appear to be no solutions on the source side, i.e., the HTML can't force one of the effective solutions -- the user using a different browser, or installing a Chrome add-on module such as the Font Rendering Enhancer.
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Thanks Dr. That's a shame about chrome. When not zoomed in like that, the perception of the blue is pretty different when the anti-aliasing is rendered "incorrectly".
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