User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.4a) Gecko/20030401 Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.4a) Gecko/20030401 Rediff.com tries to use it's own TrueType fonts to display text in Gujarati language, but fails to display may of the characters correctly. They are replaced by '$', '?' and '>' characters. (If you are looking at the page, rest assured that any given word in Gujarati is not going to have '$', '?' or '>' in the middle of it.) The same page is displayed perfectly in (*sigh*) IE. Reproducible: Always Steps to Reproduce: 1. Goto http://www.rediff.com/gujarati/ 2. Look at the faulty characters. 3. Click on any link on that and subsequent pages, so long as you are within the gujarati subdirectory. 4. Same results on those pages as well. Actual Results: Even after downloading and installing the fonts, problem remains. In fact, the TTFs don't even have a character $, yet it shows up on the page. Strange! Expected Results: Characters such as ¡, Þ should have displayed instead of ?.
This Guajarati site uses embedded font technology -- TrueDoc Dynamic Font for Netscape Comm 4.x and WEFT for IE4/5/6. Both technologies provide portable fonts on the site for browsers to use. Such a technology was supported in Comm 4.x but not with Mozilla development. The site also understands this situation and provides this note: http://www.rediff.com/gujarati/help.htm We have two options: 1. File an RFE bug for Mozilla to support Dynamic Fonts. Since Bitstream no longer is working on TrueDoc, this is unlikely. 2. Ask the site to switch to Unicode and stop using embedded font technologies. I don't think we will be successful with either options. The site knows the limitation for Mozilla and still wants to use this technology. I am inclined to resolve this bug as Wontfix.
Status: UNCONFIRMED → NEW
Ever confirmed: true
Here's the .js file that defines dynamic fonts for Comm 4.x and IE 5/6. http://www.rediff.com/gujarati/fonts26.js Moving to English-Other.
Assignee: momoi → english-other
Component: Asian → English Other
QA Contact: momoi → english-other
Whiteboard: [gujarati] [dynamic font]
The site will not make chanegs to their dynamic font use. Either Mozilla will have to support it or wait until most sites will switch to Unicode. Resolving it as Wontfix. Please file an RFE bug for Mozilla for dynamic font technology.
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 15 years ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX
Product: Tech Evangelism → Tech Evangelism Graveyard
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