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Firefox 4.0.1 - still buggy

Font engine problems ignored

5:46 pm on Apr 29, 2011 (gmt 0)

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The first minor version of FF 4 is out, and none of the immediately obvious (to me) bugs seem to have been fixed.

- Some fonts still render at a completely different size to before (and all other browsers). Corbel, from the MS Office/Vista stable, is a particular offender. Calibri is slightly different too, resulting in inconsistent spacing and paragraph sizing between browsers.
- Its print engine sends everything as an image, meaning stupidly over-sized and non-indexable or copyable PDFs.
- Color management still not compatible with ICC4 monitor profiles = broken for practical intents and purposes.

This is a pretty poor showing really. The font issue has big implications for type design on websites - forget old MSIE bugs, now we have Firefox rendering the most basic of things (text) inconsistently and unpredictably. It's incredible.