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  1. #1


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    Stubborn Safari Font Problem


    Anyone know why my installation of Safari 2.0.4 won't display text properly? The preferences are set up as closely as I can match them to Firefox's and iCab's, with the default typefaces in all three set at Times and Courier.

    The test page for the pic was created with Nvu. The test-page properties:

    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">
    <html lang="en-gb">

    It doesn't matter if I change the typeface defaults. Safari still won't display properly. The encoding was set at Western (ISO Latin 1) for the pic. Font Book passed all the typefaces.

    This isn't new with Safari. It's never worked properly through it's software updates and three or four OS X complete system reinstalls (for other reasons) over the years. I never bothered with it because Mozilla's were my browsers of choice. But because of a few additions Safari can run now, I'd like to use it more.

    I wonder whether other Safari users have the same problem but don't know it. I used these typefaces in the test because they make the problem obvious. It isn't likely anyone would come across Apple Chancery and Zapfino in the wild, but less flamboyant web-page typefaces that don't render properly might well go unnoticed.

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    MacHeadCase
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    Hmm. That's quite a difference. Have you reset Safari? That's about the only thing I can think of. That and maybe getting rid of the Safari plist file...

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    I've reset it a million times. I know I've had the problem for years because I have a simple page of Mac links I built that uses Apple Chancery. Even my copy of WaMCom's Mozilla 1.3.1 for OS 9 renders it properly (more or less).

    Edit: I occasionally use an AppleScript that tosses the plist with every Safari quit.

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    MacHeadCase
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    Why not report the bug to the Surfin' Safari gang? There's a link on that page that allows you to download the source, report bugs, etc.

    You might have a ball checking out the code, that's for sure! You have a way with code and it might be fun.

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    Thanks, MHC. I'll check it out.

    If you'd care to try this to see if your Safari works properly (and I'd like to know before reporting it as a bug), paste this code into a new TextEdit document and switch it to plain text. Then save it as Chancery.html and open it with Safari. It might prove interesting.

    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">
    <html>
    <head>
    <meta content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1"
    http-equiv="content-type">
    <title>Apple Chancery Test</title>
    </head>
    <body>
    <h1 style="text-align: center;"><span
    style="font-family: Apple Chancery;">Apple Chancery</span></h1>
    </body>
    </html>

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    MacHeadCase
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    I saved it as you asked and only get the same text as in the HTML document in the Safari page.

    To make sure there wasn't any hidden characters, I used BBEdit which I use for my blog entries.

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    MacHeadCase
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    Ahh! Never mind I replaced the copy/paste text I put in TextEdit the first time and started from scratch in BBEdit and indeed, this is what I get...
    Attached Images Attached Images

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    Hah! Yours doesn't work, either!

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    Anyone else who comes across this thread and tries it, could you post your results? (Check the pic in Post 1.)

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