Problem with Gujarati language display support in Firefox 2.0

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12 years ago
4 months ago


(Reporter: a.sheth, Assigned: smontagu)


1.8 Branch

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12 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.1) Gecko/20061010 Firefox/2.0
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.1) Gecko/20061010 Firefox/2.0

Hi there,
This is Amit from Hyderabad, India.

First and foremost, I'd like to say that Firefox is simply the best browser that I've ever used. Keep up the good work guys :) !!!

Secondly, I am *extremely* sorry if this bug has already been reported before. I tried to search for already existing entries for the bug that I am reporting here and did find one, but the version of Firefox that it was submitted for was 1.8 (I'm not really sure about this version though), whereas I am using version 2.0.

Now, the actual problem: Firefox displays Gujarati fonts incorrectly whereas the same pages display correctly on IE 7 (7.0.5730.11 to be precise). The problem remains under both Windows XP as well as RHEL.

In the URL link above, I have supplied my Orkut home page address on which my name has been written in both Gujarati and English. I'll give the same link again here:

Please check out this page with both IE and Firefox 2.0. The correct spelling of Amit (the first word) in Gujarati is the one displayed in IE.

I don't know if the problem persists for other Indian languages like Hindi, Bengali etc. as well. 

Please feel free to get any other inputs from me via e-mail for this bug.

That's it guys. Thanks for going through this bug report and do keep the good work going...


Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Please check out the link mentioned above in both Firefox 2.0 and IE.
2. The correct spelling of my name in Gujarati is the one displayed in IE.

Expected Results:  
Correct display of Gujarati fonts.
Assignee: nobody → smontagu
Component: General → Internationalization
Product: Firefox → Core
QA Contact: general → i18n
Version: unspecified → 1.8 Branch

Comment 1

12 years ago
Is complex script enabled in your installation of Windows (in Settings |
Control Panel | Regional and Language Options | Languages, is the checkbox
"Install files for complex script and right to left languages.." checked?). IE
supports complex script even if it's not enabled in the OS, but Firefox relies
on the OS support?

Comment 2

12 years ago
The specific problems with indic languages occur in Fireforx 2.0 both Mac OS X and Windows XP, as well as the 2007-05-17 build of Firefox 3.0/mac specific problems are as follows:

* The Devanagri vowel sign I (U+093F) is supposed to render to the left of the preceding letter. Firefox renders it to the right.
* Vowels that add marks to the previous character (U+0941-U+0948) are not positioned correctly
* Devanagri letters borrowed from arabic and english (qa, xa, za, etc. U+0958 - U+095F) position  their required dot incorrectly (although this seems fixed in Firefox 3.0)
* the letters ksha (U+0915,U+094D,U+0937), tra (U+0924,U+094D,U+0930) and jnya (U+091C,U+094D,U+091E) replace their respective strings of characters in IE 6+ and Safari 2.0+, but not in Firefox.

This bug is probably similar to, if not a duplicate of bug 335225, bug 305133 and possibly bug bug 262096.

Although I'm not a native speaker, the following page lists a sample of the characters used for hindi.

Comment 3

12 years ago
Some of the Mac-specific problems in Firefox 3 are probably related to the issue with x-offsets described in bug 378351 comment 2, 3 and 4

Comment 4

12 years ago
Sorry, I meant bug 378351 comment 2, 4 and 5
Ever confirmed: true
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