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Fonts not displaying or printing correctly in Firefox 18

I upgraded to Firefox 18 on my MacBook Pro a couple of days ago. Ever since, the fonts, both on display and in print, look rather bad.

-- Anything in bold is blurry on display, and almost impossible to read when printed. -- All fonts appear smaller, even though my default font size and minimum font size have not changed. -- I'm using Times for my serif font, but its use seems inconsistent from site to site. The only time font use is consistent is when I switch to Helvetica and/or change the proportional font to sans serif.

I typically leave "Allow pages to use their own fonts" off, because I prefer to read everything in serif. The issue, however, is there whether I leave that setting on or off.

I'm using OS 10.6.8 and Suitcase Fusion 3 to manage fonts.

Any suggestions?

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Site Moderator

Re: Fonts not displaying or printing correctly in Firefox 18

Reset the page zoom on pages that cause problems.

  • View > Zoom > Reset (Ctrl+0 (zero); Cmd+0 on Mac)

Try to disable hardware acceleration in Firefox.

You can also do a check for corrupted and duplicate fonts and other font issues:

New User

Re: Fonts not displaying or printing correctly in Firefox 18

None of that worked -- tried resetting zoom, and turned hardware acceleration off, with no effect. The fonts were working fine in previous versions of Firefox, and are working just fine with Safari and Chrome. I also checked them with Font Doctor and Suitcase, and they were fine.

Note that this problem appears on screen with all serif fonts that are active (not just Times), and all fonts when printing.

Any other ideas?

Site Moderator

Re: Fonts not displaying or printing correctly in Firefox 18

Did you check which fonts Firefox is using in those cases?

New User

Re: Fonts not displaying or printing correctly in Firefox 18

Unusable!

I had a very similar problem albeit on a different platform. I was using FFox 18 on Ubuntu 12.10. I noticed fonts we're blurry/fuzzy at small sizes and some fonts were fuzzy when bold irrespective of size. And before someone points it out, no this for the most part wasn't an issue of missing font weights. I tested this several font families (ubuntu to name one) that have a fairly complete set of weights and styles. Funnily when I hit CTRL+ the issue with smaller font sizes was resolved.

In the end I just reverted back to FFox 17 and I'll keep using it until they fix this issue or just wait for the next release.

Site Moderator

Re: Fonts not displaying or printing correctly in Firefox 18

For anyone who is seeing this issue, can you give a screenshot of the problem? Also, can you give a comparison of another browser that is correct? How do I create a screenshot of my problem?

New User

Re: Fonts not displaying or printing correctly in Firefox 18

Same problem here. Have already tried resetting view to default (was already at the default zoom) and I already have hardware acceleration turned off. FF 18.0 on OS X 10.8.2. Screenshots are attached clearly showing the difference, using Chrome for comparison. Both are from the default dashboard of astrid.com

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New User

Re: Fonts not displaying or printing correctly in Firefox 18

Pictures attached. Same google doc in Firefox 18.0.1 and Chrome 26.0.1384.2. Viewing at actual size, the Firefox document text (but no other text) is much fuzzier than the Chrome version.

Oops - missed the above when I submitted this. Sorry for duplicate info.

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New User

Re: Fonts not displaying or printing correctly in Firefox 18

Glad to hear I'm not alone. I have 18.0.1. My wordpress site looks like hash marks. It's awful. Not a problem in Explorer. Not a problem on other sites. But I don't want others viewing my site I am!

New User

Re: Fonts not displaying or printing correctly in Firefox 18

I'm not a Mac user but I've tweak some preferences under my Linux box and now everything looks normal

More help there [Since Upgrade to Firefox 18, Fonts Look Blurry when Loading Pages]

TLDR

Go to about:config page and tweak this preferences

layers.acceleration.force-enabled > true

layers.acceleration.disabled > false

gfx.xrender.enabled >false