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bug #25719: weird character mappins in FreeSans

Submitted by:  None
Submitted on:  Fri 27 Feb 2009 08:04:00 AM UTC  
Category:  overall font problem Severity:  3 - Normal
Item Group:  None Status:  Works for me
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  Steve White <Stevan_White>
Originator Email:  -email is unavailable- Open/Closed:  Closed
Release:  2009-01-04

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Mon 27 Apr 2009 05:54:43 PM UTC, comment #2: 

I'm not sure what caused this, but it went away a few days after it showed up, which supports that theory.  My guess is that it was something broken about Firefox or one of the libraries that it used.

Apologies for not following up, and thank you for taking a look at this!

Russ Allbery <rra>
Mon 27 Apr 2009 08:21:03 AM UTC, comment #1: 

Hi, Davide and Russ,

Thanks for your observations, Russ!

I don't think this is a FreeFont problem.  It is indeed a character mapping issue, but it probably occurs in one of

  • the web server
  • the web page HTML (although I don't see it now)
  • the browser

1) I point Firefox at http://changelog.complete.org/archives/952-dad-have-a-light (which I suppose represents the same page)
and I don't see the problem, although my default sans-serif font is FreeSans (and it appears to be rendered as FreeSans).  But the page is correctly UTF-8 encoded--my guess is, something has been fixed since the bug report.

2) I copied the text from the page into a couple of text editors (gedit and kate), and set the font to FreeSans.  Still good.

If you don't think this assessment is correct, please let me know!

(Davide, please see that this response appears on the Debian bug report page...I can't sort out how to do it!  Thanks!)

Steve White <Stevan_White>
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Fri 27 Feb 2009 08:04:00 AM UTC, original submission:  

Problem reported in the Debian BTS (#517351)

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