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  • I have a lot of problems reading the text on a lot of web pages due to the text being a light color like now while I am typing. Is the font colors controlled by Opera or the individual pages and can I change the colors to darker easier to read colors from the browser? Thanks for any help.

  • @graywoulf As far as I know, they are set by the page.

  • Thanks for letting me know that. I kind of miss the settings I had in IE11 but I don't miss that browser. 😉

  • @graywoulf I guess there may be extensions that allow you to change that.

  • @graywoulf

    If you type opera://flags/#force-color-profile in your browser's address bar, you can try to improve the readability by switching to a different color profile.

    The following article from 2017 of a German IT portal, translated by me hopefully understandably, is the basis of my understanding.

    Chrome fades the Internet

    With the Chromium-Engine 61 browsers like Chrome, Opera and Vivaldi seem to be fading all internet pages. This is due to a changed handling of color profiles and can also be switched off.

    YouTube is no longer so red, is no longer so blue (and this Facebook as well), Instagram is no longer so orange - since the previous updates, many Internet pages lack the colors when you are using Chrome, Vivaldi, Opera or another browser that uses the Chromium engine. With Firefox and the Microsoft browsers, however, everything looks the same as always, also under iOS and Android.

    The difference is only visible for users who have a colorful monitor and a corresponding monitor profile installed. And that already leads on the right track. Chromium v61 changes the handling of colours for which no profile information is available: Pictures without profile and color information in HTML and CSS code. They are now interpreted as sRGB colors, so they are downsampled for monitors with a larger color space.

    HTML/CSS, GIF, JPG and BMP are interpreted as sRGB

    For a red like "background-color:#f00;" Chromium no longer sends 255,0,0 to the monitor, but depending on its color space a tone that corresponds to the strongest sRGB red. For example, this is displayed on the author's monitor with slightly more than AdobeRGB 253,61,16.

    For photos, this behavior is desirable, because now Chromium also shows those in more natural colors that are stored without a color profile - and that should be the vast majority of Internet photos. Logos, design colours and finally the website icons in the bookmarks now also correspond more to what the web designer intended.

    Until now, Chromium was only able to correctly display photos and graphics that explicitly had a color profile such as sRGB or AdobeRGB. Even if the uploaded photo has a color profile, which is true for most photos coming directly from cameras or smartphones, it may appear wrong on many pages. Because many CMS do not deliver the original file, but a scaled-down version with destroyed color profile information. WordPress, for example, requires the correct handling of color profiles to be taught first.

    Firefox and Microsoft Browser

    Chromium up to v60 and Firefox did not convert CSS/HTML colors, as well as JPG, BMP, and GIF images without a color profile, and did not output them with the full color power of the monitor. Interestingly, PNGs without a color profile have always been interpreted as sRGB.

    Microsoft browsers do it differently: They completely ignore the monitor profile and output even profiled photos with overdrawn colors.

    [Update] According to W3C the CSS colors are to be interpreted as sRGB colors, so Chrome does it right; Firefox and Microsoft don't behave standard-compliant. [/Update]


    If you think the internet is correct, but too pale, you have two possibilities to get the previous display back: Either you switch to Firefox - the Microsoft browsers, however, are not recommended for users of colorful monitors.

    Or you are changing chromium to its old behavior: To do this, type "chrome://flags" into the address line and search for "color" in the list that appears. The option "Color correct rendering" is then set to "Disabled". This works in Opera, Vivaldi and Chrome equally, they then show the same behavior as Firefox again.

    There is also a third option: Remove the monitor profile from your system settings. Then all browsers will display the Internet with bright colors - but then even color-profilable applications such as Photoshop and Lightroom will no longer be able to display natural colors. (jow)

    Source: 2017-30-09

  • @yanta. Thank you so very much for all of that information. That was just what I needed to get the job done. 👍🏻