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Pages display weird characters, misaligned elements, etc.

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I've been using Firefox since it was released, but I'm sick of all the issues I have with it that DO NOT effect Chrome and other browsers. I frequently get garbage characters in place of things like apostrophes on various sites. I also get misaligned elements on some forms and so on (e.g. radio buttons above the line they should be on). But today I want an answer to a specific problem -- inline video players. Sometimes, but not all the time, the labels on the controls of inline players change to weird alphabetic characters so that I can't tell how to operate the player. See the example below (the red circles have been added to highlight the problem).

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Special icons are usually supplied by a special icon font that is downloaded from the server (@font-face) You may see little boxes with the hex code of the character if you do not have a font installed that covers this Unicode range.

You can check gfx.downloadable_fonts.enabled on the about:config page and make sure it is set to true (if necessary double-click the line to toggle its value to true).

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