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January 20, 2012

ɴᴇᴡ?ᴀɴ and the Non-displayable Font Characters

Back in November, I tried to get some of the special character fonts to display correctly on my computer, but I wasn't successful. I was successful, however, at documenting the problem fairly well. You can see my post here.

"...I looked at the post under Firefox, IE, Chrome, and finally on my iPhone 4S. Only with the iPhone 4S do i see "NEWMAN" in a sort of 1/2 step down font subscripted font."

"Any clue how to make these other browsers display the font correctly? I even installed Safari on my PC but it didn't display correctly there either."

The most promising post I received in reply was this:

"Go to Link (new window) and download the Deja-Vu fonts. Put them in the fonts folder in Windows. Voila! You can now read the headline! Don't know how to install fonts on a Mac or Linux, though."

OK. I finally figured out what the problem was. I had downloaded the Deja-Vu fonts as a .zip file and extracted them into the following folder C:\WINDOWS\Fonts\dejavu-fonts-ttf-2.33\ttf. Then, for whatever reason, Windows Explorer doesn't display subfolders in the c:\Windows\Fonts directory. Why? I dunno. Another reason to peel the skin off of Bill Gates like an orange.

However, this wasn't quite right. Tonight, noticed somehow that the new Deja-Vu fonts were in a subfolder and then I copied them from this location down into the c:\windows\fonts folder and I instantly could view the garbled characters in Safari and Google Chrome. They still appear garbled in IE and Safari.

I think that to fix IE 8, I have to tell IE to use the new unicode fonts in IE's Font Settings (Tools>Internet Options - General tab, Fonts tab... Times New Roman is the default for English locales).

There. That fixed it in IE 8. And I don't really care about Safari at this point.

Posted by Rob Kiser on January 20, 2012 at 8:00 PM

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