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Dark alpha PNGs in Safari 2
Here’s a weird one, and it only affects Safari 2 (Tiger), not even Safari 1.3 or earlier, or Omniweb (using the earlier rendering engine).
If you look at my ‘contact section’, or my live search function, I use an alpha png in the background to overlay a transparent white tint over the header image. In every other browser (except IE of course, which just gets a white background) this works just as I expect it to, but not in Safari 2. The effect is transparent grey – not white. Richard Rutter was kind enough to check in Safari 1.3 for me, and the png shows up fine.
Apart from Paul Haine, I couldn’t find anyone else that was experiencing this problem.
After a lot of experimentation however, it turned out that Safari just needs the repeating image to be at least 2px square, not 1px.
Here’s a comparison:
I hope this is useful to someone else, who may have come across this problem.