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font error

by bafodelic / March 13, 2013 6:09 AM PDT

I'm not sure how to fix this but my laptop is acting a bit funny. some programs dont have this issues but others do - such as surfing the web, clock, and so on. basically its not in english. its like roman/latin font. and when surfing the web some of script is english & other is latin/roman - something unreadable to me. i checked my font book and everything seems fine. not sure how to fix this.


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Re: font
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 13, 2013 6:19 AM PDT
In reply to: font error

- This is totally unclear, alas. English and Latin are languages, not fonts. Times New Roman is font and a very readable one also). By the way, there is a font called Wide Latin and I'm sure you can read that also. Have a look at
- Scripts aren't written in English, but in a language called Javascript (or Ecmascript), and their font is totally irrelevant.
- Finally, fonts are in a folder, not in a book.

Can you make a screeprint or picture and publish that on your favorite photosharing site. Then post a link to that picture here, so we can see what's wrong.
And please also tell your OS (Windows what?) and browser you use.


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Sorry, I now see it's Mac.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 13, 2013 6:22 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: font

So please read my last sequence as "Please tell your OS (what version of Mac OS) and browser you use.".

And forget my remark about book and folder. Mac-users have their own secret language and it can very well be that 'book' is exactly the right term.


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by bafodelic / April 14, 2013 11:41 PM PDT
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screen grab
by bafodelic / April 14, 2013 5:14 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: font

sorry about not being clear. i have macbook pro - Os x version 10.5.8

here is a screen grab

<a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Image and video hosting by TinyPic"></a>

you can see that some of it is in english but a few lines aren't.


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Open your Font Book
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 13, 2013 8:17 AM PDT
In reply to: font error

and go to the menu and choose Edit > Look for enabled duplicates.
If it finds any, Fix Automatically.
Close Font Book

Open Safari (I presume you are using it as your default web browser)
Open Preferences > Advanced
Make sure that Default encoding is Western (ISO Latin1)
General Tab
Remove any check mark in Open "safe" files after downloading. (nothing to do with fonts but should be done anyway)

If you are using Safari 6.0 and above, there is no appearance preference to change. It you have one in your version of Safari, set the default font to Times New Roman or Times.


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Try this...
by sandman619 / March 14, 2013 11:06 PM PDT
In reply to: font error

A) Font file corruption
B) Missing system font

Open Font Book & have it verify all installed fonts. It will list any font file inconsistencies. If any are system fonts, ie System/Library/Font then reinstall the OS then run System Update until there are no updates remaining. This will cure corrupted font files as well as reload missing fonts. Missing system fonts means that the OS will fall back to another font which can cause the English/Romanian text issue. If this is appearing in the menu bar or window title or any menues, that could be the cause

Cheers !

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