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Gradients with Transparency behaving differently in Firefox

Take a basic radial gradient that ends in transparency, and it acts differently in Firefox to all other browsers. I made a lovely multi-gradient background in Firefox and it looks awful everywhere else. I can't understand why it renders different and if there is a way to make it look nice and/or the same on all browsers? Need a CSS guru here.

Here is an example with a background color of black: (http://www.screencast.com/t/yyeP4258ikn)

And my code:

background: radial-gradient(palegoldenrod, transparent);

EDIT: Noticed the problem applies to linear gradients also

It becomes readily apparent with ```background: radial-gradient(circle closest-corner at 100px 100px, palegoldenrod, rgba(0,0,0,0.5));

Left is the effect I'm trying to achieve, a subtle blend, right is how all browsers but Firefox display it


2 Answers

Found the answer. Firefox appears to be the only browser still handling transparency in the old style, i.e. fading through grey to a value of rgba(0,0,0,0). In contrast, it appears as though Chrome interprets any request to fade to 0% opacity as a request to fade THROUGH the current color to transparent. In most instances, this makes more sense, as seen in the screenshot below, where a fade to the keyword transparent (which corresponds to rgba(0,0,0,0)) does not give the intended result in Firefox (on left)


However, the fact that even implicitly specifying a value of rgba(0,0,0,0) would not give a transition through grey to transparent I consider to be somewhat buggy behaviour, but CSS gradients still being somewhat new, is forgivable. What I actually required to make the code work correctly was to create an extra color stop of semi-transparent grey between the color and the transparency to force a transition through grey:

background: radial-gradient(circle closest-corner at 75px 75px, palegoldenrod, rgba(127,127,127,.5) 50%, rgba(0,0,0,0) 100%);

Martin Kalnis
Martin Kalnis
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Have you tried specifying the farthest-corner or closest-corner, depending on the style your trying to achieve.

background: radial-gradient( circle farthest-corner ,palegoldenrod, transparent);

Yes I have, it makes no difference, I believe I've found the issue to be related to how the gradient approaches transparency.

This is background: radial-gradient(gold, transparent); on an empty div with no background. I want the effect on the left and all other browsers give the effect on the right. I've tried setting rgba(0,0,0,0) but it still gives the same result. I WANT a transition from color to black with 0 opacity, but from appearances, it seems as though just the opacity is changing and not the colour. I don't have full knowledge of how an alpha channel works and I don't know why this occurs.