Firefox Ignores Font Family?

By | February 9, 2011 | 0 Comments


Firefox Ignores Font Family?If you’ve been using Arial Narrow, Arial Black or similar fonts and they are not recognized in Firefox web browser while styling UL LI listings; here are a few ways to fix it:

- If you are not a web developer:
Tools > Options > Advanced > General Tab
Uncheck “Use hardware acceleration when available”
Restart Firefox

- If you are a web developer (assuming you use Arial Narrow):
Include the following lines
font-family: Arial;
font-stretch: condensed;

All set.

Why does this happen? According to Jonathan Kew, the member of bugzilla:

It is probably that “Arial Black” and”Arial Narrow” are not recognized as font families under DirectWrite, but are treated as additional members of the Arial family. To access these faces, use font-family: Arial together with appropriate font-weight and font-stretchproperties.

Assuming that works, this is correct behavior under the DirectWrite font model, which is no longer limited to GDI’s idea of “families”.


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