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User-Agent: Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X Mach-O; en-US; rv:1.6) Gecko/20040113 On systems like the MacOS, where there is no special glyph for the minus sign, − renders as a hyphen (-). An en dash (–) would be a much closer fit, and I seem to recall it being the one recommended in e.g. Mac typography guides. A hyphen, on the other hand, is too short in most fonts. This is something I first noticed in math pages on Wikipedia (e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quaternion) where people were using −. Reproducible: Always Steps to Reproduce: create a web page with − for minus signs Actual Results: got a hyphen glyph on MacOS Expected Results: expected a longer dash, e.g. an –
This happens due the way the transliteration fallback works. Currently, glyphs without fonts cannot be translitaterate to yet another Unicode point. They can only be transliterated to ASCII -- which is certain to have a font. Consequently, the − is transliterated to something close in the ASCII set. And '-' is the closest. It will be much work to redesign the transliteration system (with ramifications into platform codes to further deal with missing glyphs even after the transliteration). Suggesting wontfix, knowing that transliteration is a desperate fallback, and people can install fonts, and this saves from further bloat/complexity to Gecko in the belief that it should be responsible for every/anything.
I agree with rbs.
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Status: UNCONFIRMED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 13 years ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX
This still occurs in Firefox 1.0.7, but I guess this is expected from the "wontfix" tag.
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