maemo.org Bugzilla – Bug 7335
Browser shows strong font kerning bugs (esp. when zooming)
Last modified: 2010-05-26 18:14:02 UTC
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The mozilla browser shipped with the N900 shows strong font kerning bugs,
especially (or maybe even only) when zooming in. I do not observe these issues
anywhere else on Maemo except for websites rendered in the browser.
This makes this key feature on the N900 (the brillant browser) a lot less
I'll attach screenshots that show this issues.
Created an attachment (id=1855) [details]
1st screenshot showing the issue
Created an attachment (id=1856) [details]
2nd screenshot showing the bug
*** This bug has been confirmed by popular vote. ***
I doubt whether tagging this usability bug as beeing low priority is the
smartest thing on earth to do.
For the following reason:
The N900 misses some features its competitors (like the Apple iPhone,
Android-Phones or the Palm Pre) provide. And it offers some unique features;
the most important three of them are imho:
1. A large amount of the Maemo code is free Software (FOSS) [Ok, this is true
for Android as well]
2. Maemo is a standard Debian-compatible GNU+Linux-Distro
3. It has an outstanding Browser with Flash support.
If a usability bug like this diminishes the user experience of this important
component to this extent, imo it should be considered harmful.
Priority by default is low. If a developer decides differently, that's up to
> Priority by default is low. If a developer decides differently,
> that's up to him/her.
Well okay. I reported the bug with high priority, but it was set to low
priority by aklapper e€t openismus.com afterwards. Maybe he/she did this only
because the bug reporter must not set the priority himself.
(In reply to comment #6)
> I reported the bug with high priority
We are currently working on upgrading Bugzilla so reporters cannot set this
Can we increase the priority and severity of this bug?
It makes the browser look very ugly (this is on release 2.2009.51-1.002).
The Fennec browser does not exhibit this problem.
No, see https://bugs.maemo.org/page.cgi?id=fields.html#bug_severity
(In reply to comment #9)
> No, see https://bugs.maemo.org/page.cgi?id=fields.html#bug_severity
So, is there anyone looking into this?
Yes, it's proposed for PR1.2, but adding "Are there news?" comments slow down
work, as much as I can understand general criticism on missing transparency
here (offtopic for this ticket, but also see bug 630).
(In reply to comment #11)
> Yes, it's proposed for PR1.2, but adding "Are there news?" comments slow down
> work, as much as I can understand general criticism on missing transparency
> here (offtopic for this ticket, but also see bug 630).
Possibly just set the status to ASSIGNED and add a short comment
such as "work in progress" :-)
This is almost certainly the "hinting" (not kerning) bug from Mozilla:
Presumably the same fix has (or will) be applied to MicroB, or MicroB will
integrate the latest Mozilla Gecko in a future release.
FYI: This bug is already fixed in the latest Fennec aka Firefox Mobile for
Is there any way to up the priority on this one? This is really a blocker for
usable zoom. . . .
f ~ 10.2010.06
*** Bug 9550 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Setting explicit PR1.2 milestone (so it's clearer in which public release the
fix will be available to users).
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