Font ugliness in firefox ?

Eric Feliksik milouny at
Sat Apr 22 12:53:18 BST 2006

Andy Somerville wrote:
> Anyone notice font ugliness in firefox after the latest updates?  A
> good example of the effects can be seen on slashdot. Its really quite
> severe. I think it is from fontconfig.  The changelogs show:
> fontconfig (2.3.2-1.1ubuntu10) dapper; urgency=low
>   * Correctly fix the (eg) firefox vs. (eg) evince font metrics
>     problem:
>     - New FC_ANY_METRICS property, boolean.
>     - Revert change from 2.3.2-1.1ubuntu9 and instead:
>     - Change URW Nimbus font aliases in into equivalent
>       <match> directives so that we can add an additional test which
>       disables them when the anymetrics property is true.
>  -- Ian Jackson <iwj at>  Wed, 19 Apr 2006 12:51:29 +0100
> fontconfig (2.3.2-1.1ubuntu9) dapper; urgency=low
>   * Until firefox and thunderbird can be tought to use it's own
>     idea of font replacements:
>   * Disable the usage of metric and shape compatible fonts for the
>     3 Adobe families. evince cannot display documents correctly
>     with these replacements not beeing available, but web browsers not
>     using these fonts look definitely nicer.
>  -- Matthias Klose <doko at>  Tue, 18 Apr 2006 16:12:54 +0000
> I dont understand the change comments completely, but if its not
> urgent, it would be a good Idea to go back to what it was before.
>       Andy

I don't get it either. I filed a bug ( 
) on it a few days ago, but it was reverted, so I closed it, and now 
it's introduced again.


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