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Display icon fonts in Pale Moon 25.6

Posted: 2015-07-28, 17:50
by Brian49
The changelog page for Pale Moon 25.6 includes this:

"Added a feature to allow icon fonts to be used even when users disallow the use of document-specified fonts."

Where can I find that feature, please? I can't see it in the browser preferences GUI, or in about:config. I'm still getting a lot of hex-code boxes on icon-heavy web pages, so I assume that the feature isn't activated. Many thanks.

Re: Display icon fonts in Pale Moon 25.6

Posted: 2015-07-28, 20:18
by Moonchild
This is not a user option -- it is always enabled.

Please see other threads on the forum about this change; there are a few requirements for this change to have any effect, mostly you still need to allow downloadable fonts, and the fonts used have to be properly defined as icon fonts (i.e.: not a generic font class).
This depends purely on which sites you visit and how they use icon fonts.

Re: Display icon fonts in Pale Moon 25.6

Posted: 2015-07-28, 20:55
by Brian49
Thanks for responding. As I mentioned, the feature wasn't working for me, whether I enabled or disabled the preference for web pages to choose their own fonts. However, I've found a way of getting the right result with that preference disabled, namely by adding a Boolean setting in about:config, as follows:

gfx.downloadable_fonts.enabled

and setting it to "true". This setting was not present before I added it, so perhaps that was the root of the problem.

You say that "the fonts used have to be properly defined as icon fonts". Do I take it that you mean defined by the web-page author, not by the browser?

Thanks again.

Re: Display icon fonts in Pale Moon 25.6

Posted: 2015-07-28, 21:14
by Moonchild
Downloadable fonts are enabled by default in Pale Moon, you shouldn't have to set a preference for that and the preference should be present by default in about:config (and set to true) -- if it's not present then there may be a larger problem on your system that the default preferences aren't loaded for some reason, meaning a lot of settings that should be there, aren't. If downloadable fonts are disabled, then indeed icon fonts will never work, because they are always downloaded fonts.

As for the (in your case N/A) font family: yes, that is something the website owners would need to fix in the actual font file.