Firefox text issues

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Eckels, Jan 22, 2007.

  1. Eckels macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2006
    Just before I switched to the Mac (Just this past weekend - yay!) I started using firefox as my primary browser on the PC, and I loved it.

    Now that I'm using the mac, I've continued to use Firefox, but I'm having some real issues with it. Specifically with text lining up properly, and links/images overlapping text where it shouldn't be. Also when entering text into textboxes.

    For example - On Macrumor's main site ( I don't know how to do a screen capture with a mac yet, so I'll just describe it.) In the Main article (right now it's iPhone PC Mag Review, etc... The link "Delaware Online" overlaps the last n of "speculation". "Multi Touch demo video" overlaps the last two letters of "popular". The other links in the article do the same sort of thing.

    Smilies also have this problem, as I've noticed while browsing the forums. The smilies overlap the last few letters of the words preceeding them.

    Just a second ago I tried typing this post into this text box while using the firefox browser. At the beginning of each line, everything would be fine - letters appear as I type them. But the further across each line I get, the cursor (and the letters appearing on the screen) fall behind what I'm typing by a few letters. For instance, if I type "The quick red fox jumped over the lazy brown dog." When I get around to the "z" in lazy, the last letter viewable on the screen is the "e" from the second "the". If I hit the space bar a few times, the cursor will move over and the word will become visible - but the cursor doesn't sit where it's active. Also, if I hit backspace for the whole line, I'll get a lot of half-ghost images left over until I move the page past the viewable screen area and back.

    I've used the macrumors site as an example, but these effects happen on all sites I visit.

    I hope my descriptions help. If anyone knows how to fix this problem please let me know. I don't want to stop using firefox. Thanks.

    Also - please don't simply tell me to "just use safari" or something along those lines - I'd like to fix this problem. I've already tried deleting the application and re-installing it. (futile, or not.)
  2. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    Is it something similar to this?

    If so, I'm just repeating my suggestion here (don't know if this will help, since no one has answered to is over there):

  3. Eckels thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2006
    Yes it's exactly like that.

    Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. I don't know what font to use though. I installed many of my own fonts, so I'm not too familiar with which fonts are best for the apple. I tried the abadi, but i think it looks terrible.

    I also just found that if I decrease the text size with the view menu, it fixes the alignment issues - but also makes all the text too small to easily read. One step below "normal" size seems to be the proper size for alignment.

    What font can remedy this?
  4. Mhaddy macrumors 6502


    Oct 26, 2005
    Just wanted to mention that I've experienced the same problem with FF - the main reason for straying me away from this browser. Other than resetting the font every time I have this issue, has there been any news on a fix? Glad to know I'm not the only one!

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