I thought I had posted about this at some point with more screenshots but at the moment I can’t find anything else.
Looking at the current URL line (as I write this) & how it actually appears I can say that the example in the post linked above (i.e., the screenshot) is generous in how it displays the faded-looking text. It’s actually so dim that it’s hard to make it out.
I’ll try it again here with a new screenshot:
Nah. It’s much clearer in the screenshot that it actually appears at the top of the screen.
To be more precise:
In the screenshot, text (including the faded text) is not only brighter than it appears in the URL line but there’s also more ‘contrast’ of the two brightness levels of the text (i.e., bright in the ‘domain’ part of the URL, faded in the rest of it).
In the screenshot, the appearance of the faded text isn’t great but it’s readily discernible. But in the URL field the lighter text is quite indistinct.
Still experiencing this problem, in this case in the URL line (not the tab labels).
Even as faint as the text that appears here is, comparing what the screenshot displays to what I see above it in the URL line, the text starting with “shakespeare” in the screenshot is noticeably brighter than it actually is in the URL line.
When I try to place the mouse pointer somewhere in the URL line (to edit it, etc.) I have to get very close to the screen because otherwise I can’t see where to click.
Of the tabs shown, which would you guess was the one with focus?
HINT: It’s not the one that’s the brightest.
The correct answer is: the tab on the far right.
This is probably the most significant disadvantage of the tab bar/URL line brightness issues (in a Private window), because if you have many tabs open you end up scanning the tab bar trying to figure out which tab is the one you’re actually currently in (that maybe you want to close, etc.)
@mattches As I look at your screenshot, the far right tab does not appear to be the brightest to my eyes.
The three to the left of it appear brighter, with approximately the same brightness levels.
Moreover, as mentioned in my earlier post, the screenshot I sent improved the appearance of the text in the URL line relative to how it actually looked (dimmer).
I guess all I can say is that I would not be squinting and scanning the URL line for tabs if the brightness and contrast were ‘normal.’
However, if you’ve checked this on a Mac (preferably using Mojave OS) and the issue hasn’t been mentioned by any other Mac user, I guess I’ll just have to bite the bullet and keep squinting and scanning.
@mattches Thanks. A useful option but the problem I’m having is indistinct text (in the tab ‘labels’) at the screen brightness level I normally use. The tab groups & their colors don’t address that, and in fact they have the same issue, except for the tab with current focus.