I have rather a peculiar problem. It's NOT the usual problem with web pages
written with numeric entities between 129 and 159 from Microsoft Window's
CP1252. At first I thought it was, but then I realised that a lot of web pages
I was viewing in Mozilla 1.0.0 were displaying incorrectly despite the fact
that were using the *correct* named/decima/hex entites to include em and en
dashes and curly/smart quotes using.
I thought that perhaps this was a general problem, but I went to this page:
and could see that in fact all of characters in the right frame display
correctly EXCEPT a few punctuation characters, such as dashes and quote
marks. I have put up a web page listing the characters together with a
screenshot of how they are displaying in my browser:
This is weird. Non latin scripts, such as Greek, Cyrillic, Arabic and various
East Asian scripts display properly. I have installed the Microsoft True Type
Core Web Fonts, using Mandrake's drakfont utility (I'm using Mandrake 8.1).
Why would just these few characters not display properly? It's also
frustrating because those characters are very commonly used (for instance,
see http://www.alistapart.com/ ).
I don't know whether it is a Mozilla problem or a problem with how my fonts
have been set up, but I suspect that it is the latter (I doubt Mozilla 1.0.0
would have been released without this problem being spotted). I've been
searching google for something about this and can't find anything. Does
anyone have a clue what might be the problem?
TIA for any help anyone might be able to offer.
P.S. I thought it might be a problem with my preferences, so I created a test
user and let Mozilla start up with its out of the box defaults and the
problem recurred. So I guess it is either my font setup or Mozilla.
Trying is the first step before failure (Homer Simpson)