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Some websites don't display fonts properly...all |??????|
Even though I have the "allow websites to choose their own fonts" box checked, some websites (Google and others) display fonts as all question marks. This doesn't happen all the time...just sometimes. And sometimes restarting the computer helps. I prefer using Firefox but I noticed it doesn't happen in Safari. I have OS 12.4 and am using Firefox 103.0.2. Thanks for any advice!
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Do you have an example of some those websites?
I have OS 12.4
As you have macOS 12.4, moving thread to (desktop) Firefox section.
iOS 12.4 (for iPad/iPhone) is old and does not support current Firefox versions that require iOS 13.0 at minimum.
It is possible that Firefox isn't able to access the requested font and falls back to a 'last resort' font that shows all glyphs as a '?' or an 'A'.
You can right-click and select "Inspect" to open the built-in Inspector with this element selected.
You can check in the Rules tab in the right panel in the Inspector what font-family is used for selected text. You can check in the Fonts tab in the right panel in the Inspector what font is actually used because Firefox might be using a different font than specified by the website.
Well I found the font as you suggested but that didn't solve the problem. When I unchecked the box that let the webpage choose it's own fonts, that seemed to work. Thanks for your response.
Which font has been replaced by the last resort font?
Note that these days a lot of websites use an iconic font to display (small) special images. If you disable website font via "Allow pages to choose their own fonts, instead of my selections above" then such fonts are disabled and you may see little boxes with the hex code of the character or text labels instead.