Garbled (possibly corrupt) font showing fractions?

Discussion in 'Apple' started by Devon, May 1, 2004.

  1. Devon

    Devon Guest

    Hmm, the best way to explain this. First off, I'm using Suitcase X1.
    I've begun noticing that some webpages (about half, I'd say) use a
    font which gets displayed in my browser (safari) as a garbled string
    of numbers and fractions. As a specific example, shows up
    as mostly garbled numbers, the center column being almost totally

    Do any of you have any idea what's going on, and how I might fix it?
    I've tried using Suitcase to scan and repair all Suitcase fonts, to no
    avail. I've also tried allowing/disallowing Suitcase to override
    system fonts, with no luck.

    Any help greatly appreciated!!

    Devon, May 1, 2004
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  2. Devon

    Charles Dyer Guest

    At least one of your sans-serif fonts, probably a Helvetica or an Arial, has
    a problem. Turn them off in Suitcase and/or move them out of of the Fonts
    folder. Use known good versions from your font CDs to replace them.
    Charles Dyer, May 1, 2004
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  3. Devon

    Jeff Wechter Guest

    Look for Helvfra, especially if you installed a buttload of
    Helvies. You may want to try trashing
    System/Library/Caches/fontTablesAnnex too.

    Suitcase has some shortcomings, so you'll probably want to
    manually manage these.
    Jeff Wechter, May 1, 2004
  4. Devon

    Devon Guest

    Right you were. Thanks! The problem went away when I deleted the
    Helvetica "Fractions" font. For some reason, Safari was using that
    instead of normal helvetica. Any idea why? (I just want to avoid
    snafus like that in the future. Thanks again!

    Devon, May 4, 2004
  5. Devon

    Charles Dyer Guest

    When I checked the page it wanted to use, in order, a Helvetica, an Arial, or
    any other sans-serif font. Helvetica Fractions is probably the first
    Helvetica in some order the system or the app found significant, and so it
    used that one. I've seen it happen before, but never figured out why.
    Charles Dyer, May 5, 2004
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