Windows 10’s System Styling For Captions In Videos To Soon Be Supported By Chrome

Microsoft has already announced its plans to convert Windows 10’s Edge to a Chromium-based browser. This means that Edge’s development will be more rapid than it previously was. Furthermore, this also means that Microsoft will work on making other browsers built on Chromium work better with Windows 10. We have already witnessed Microsoft make an effort in this field.

Microsoft is actively trying to improve accessibility features between Windows and Chromium-based browsers. In October of 2018, a bug post was posted on in which a user proposed that Google should add support for text captions on video and moreover, Google should ‘respect’ the system settings of Windows. 3 months after the bug post was posted. Google announced in a Chromium post that it plans for the introduction of ‘CaptionStyle‘ to customize the look of the captions shown during a video. Google further revealed that Mac and Windows would be using ‘NativeTheme::GetSystemCaptionStyle()‘ to use the default font in the system settings.

Chromium Commit

Today, a Microsoft engineer posted a Chromium commit which will allegedly allow Chromium-browsers to ‘respect’ Windows 10’s system styling for captions in videos. The post is titled  ‘Add support for Windows system styling for captions’ and it will make the following changes

  • 4 new properties would be added to caption style.
  • Windows support for webvtt caption styling is added through a Wind-owsCaptionStyle class that extends CaptionStyle.
  • Command line flag is added which is required to run platform specific code. The command line flag being  ‘–enable-windows-caption-style’
Bug Post

The post also tells us that the commit is following the guidelines set by Google. The post further outlines. “Next steps: Add support for background opacity, window opacity, and window color.” Which tells us that Microsoft and Google are also working on adding support for background opacity, window opacity, and window color.background opacity, window opacity, and window color to further ‘respect’ the system settings of Windows.

Murtaza Islam
Murtaza is a Computer Science student who takes immense interest in mobile technology. He believes the future of computing lies in smartphones because ARM architecture will eventually take over. He also loves to tinker with ROMs and kernels keeping up with the latest in smartphones.