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Configuration for variations fonts

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  • Igcine ukuphendulwa ngu Majus

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Firefox Quantum v62, fresh install today.

Under about:config, I find that layout.css.font-variations.enabled is locked and set to false. I need to change the value to "true". In the past few versions of Firefox I had this set to true and it enabled testing of variations fonts on web sites just fine.

How do I unlock it so I can change the setting?

Isisombululo esikhethiwe

I just found the answer. In their proverbial wisdom, since I am on a Mac it only works if I am using the latest and greatest OS X, 10.13.x, which I have been avoiding due to issues with it. I guess Apple wins after all.

Funny thing about it all is that in the Firefox Nightly and Developer betas from v60 it worked just fine on prior OS. Go figure.

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Hi, I would say you do not. It is locked for a reason. It is possible that the only thing that will work to change fonts is userChrome.css

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Firefox v62 is supposed to support Variations fonts, in fact it is the first version to officially do so.

The configuration was not locked in previous versions because I was able to change it. Now that I have the supposed official version, it is disabled.

Something wrong about this...

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According to the following page, it is supposed to be disabled in the regular release and enabled in test releases (beta, developer, Nightly).

https://developer.mozilla.org/docs/Mozilla/Firefox/Experimental_features

However, that's all I know.

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Isisombululo Esikhethiwe

I just found the answer. In their proverbial wisdom, since I am on a Mac it only works if I am using the latest and greatest OS X, 10.13.x, which I have been avoiding due to issues with it. I guess Apple wins after all.

Funny thing about it all is that in the Firefox Nightly and Developer betas from v60 it worked just fine on prior OS. Go figure.

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Hi Majus, where did you find that information about the MacOS version? As you point out, it was working in test versions in 10.12 up to now.

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At the end of this article: https://hacks.mozilla.org/2018/09/variable-fonts-arrive-in-firefox-62/

I said previously that "Apple wins after all" but that is not correct. From OS X 10.5 they have supported Variations fonts. It's Mozilla that dropped support for older OS'.

More info here: https://v-fonts.com/support

Okulungisiwe ngu Majus

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Okay, I see it here in the source code:

// We don't allow variation fonts to be enabled before 10.13, // as although the Core Text APIs existed, they are known to be // fairly buggy. // (Note that Safari also requires 10.13 for variation-font support.)

https://dxr.mozilla.org/mozilla-release/source/gfx/thebes/gfxPlatformMac.cpp#638

I think originally Windows 10 was supposed to be supported, too. Maybe that also turned out to be "fairly buggy" in testing.

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I can live with it as-is. Variations are not a critical issue for me but I was annoyed they quit working, buggy or not. And for the record I don't care what Safari requires.

If it gets to be a problem I will reluctantly upgrade to 10.13.

Okulungisiwe ngu Majus