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After an update, Firefox no longer properly displays certain character sets

Recently Firefox asked me to close so it could restart and install an update, and when it came back, it wasn't properly displaying a number of character sets for which I … (read more)

Recently Firefox asked me to close so it could restart and install an update, and when it came back, it wasn't properly displaying a number of character sets for which I have the proper fonts installed. Sorry for the vagueness as to when this was, but I'm not sure. The attached table of letters from Wikipedia's article on the Phoenician alphabet gives a great illustration of the problem I'm having. All of these characters used to display.

The fonts work fine outside of Firefox. But the problem isn't limited to Wikipedia, as shown in the next screenshot from Tatoeba. And there are other, non-Semitic letters that I've also suddenly started having problems with - I think they're all the kind that a typical Unicode font might not support, leading me to wonder if Firefox is properly looking for another font, and it doesn't seem so, but I've had difficulty trying to fix this in settings and haven't found any threads here or elsewhere about how I might do so.

Asked by koyenes 3 months ago

Answered by koyenes 3 months ago

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After upgrade to firefox 71 I can only open links from some applications

I'm on Fedora 31. Firefox was recently upgraded to 71.0 and I find a weird pattern in trying to open links from applications - possibly related to Slack: If firefox was i… (read more)

I'm on Fedora 31. Firefox was recently upgraded to 71.0 and I find a weird pattern in trying to open links from applications - possibly related to Slack:

If firefox was initially opened following a link from Slack, I can open other links from Slack, but trying to follow links from other applications (IBM Lotus Notes, or running "firefox URL" from a terminal window) fails with a "Firefox is already running" message.

If I open firefox from the desktop applications menu, the reverse happens. I can open links from Notes and a terminal, but following links from Slack fails.

I tried reinstalling firefox and slack with no success. Today I tried going back to an earlier version - firefox-70.0.1-4.fc30.x86_64.rpm - and everything seems to be okay.

It seems like something changed in firefox 71 that doesn't play well with Slack.

Asked by jmcmeek 1 year ago

Last reply by jmcmeek 1 year ago

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How can I remove bundled search engines (Amazon, Bing, etc.) for good?

Hello, I still have Amazon, Bing, Chambers & co. in my extension list in about:support, even though i have disabled all of them in about:preferences#search. How can I… (read more)

Hello, I still have Amazon, Bing, Chambers & co. in my extension list in about:support, even though i have disabled all of them in about:preferences#search. How can I purge them for good?

Firefox 71.0 on Fedora 31.

Asked by Fulan 1 year ago

Last reply by Fulan 1 year ago

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Firefox X11 issues. I am posting for my retired mom who needs to use Flash/Shockwave. Firefox 70 (x11) on Fedora 31 works very poorly.

My retired mother has a need to use Flash/Shockwave. I have installed the Firefox 70 x11 package. When I try to use it, it generates hundreds of errors messages. I rea… (read more)

My retired mother has a need to use Flash/Shockwave. I have installed the Firefox 70 x11 package. When I try to use it, it generates hundreds of errors messages. I realize that Fedora 31 has not been out very long, but this is a fresh install and no tweaking. Browser does come up, but freezes quite often, and even simple things like switching between tabs don't work sometimes. I can't even tell if Flash/Shockwave even works at this point.

Help would be appreciated.

Thank you in advance.

John

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Asked by carol.heiden1 1 year ago

Last reply by James 1 year ago

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The star icon menu is clunky

I switched to Firefox a couple of years ago when Quantum came out. I'm satisfied with it but the main reason I keep using it is grounded on ethics rather than usability (… (read more)

I switched to Firefox a couple of years ago when Quantum came out. I'm satisfied with it but the main reason I keep using it is grounded on ethics rather than usability (which is fine for me but won't win the stone hearts of more cynical users :-) ). I had this sort of superficial opinion: "Chrome is better, but I don't want to use it." Today I wanted to give Chromium another try. I thought about what it is that makes it better and figured out it almost completely boils down to the star icon functionality: I'm a heavy bookmarks user and Firefox makes me slow, compared to Chrome.

First, it doesn't use the latest location in which I saved a bookmark as a default (this was also requested, not by me, on http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=23&p=14770920). I often add a row of pages to a single bookmarks folder, but rather than selecting the tabs and adding all of them at once by dragging and dropping as Firefox allows, I prefer to check them on by one: add one, close it, take a look at the one that follows, either close it right away or add it, and so on. In Chrome it's done with a couple of shortcuts in quick succession, in Firefox its much clunkier because one needs to set the directory every time.

Then a really annoying and sort of antiquated-feeling characteristic of Firefox's star icon menu and bookmarks sidebar is that type-ahead motion in it (when I type the first letters of the name I want to move to) breaks on spaces. This kind of motion is the only one that is practical once one has a few hundred directories, but if I have a list of directories like ... "The Rolling Stones", "The Who"... I can only match up to "The" then I'm on my own.

These flaws slow down the menial job of adding bookmarks a lot. Other things that could bring an improvement in my opinion would be an "Open in folder" context menu item for bookmarks search results, and the possibility to restrict searches to defined folders. I think what I've described should be done natively and not by extensions.

Keep up the good work and thanks for what you do.

Andrea

Asked by Fulan 1 year ago

Last reply by Fulan 1 year ago