When using OpenSuSE 11.3, the font for titles, votes and views counts has a very odd-looking character "2". It has an unusual serif-like crossing in the bottom part (sorry, I don't know the exact terminology in typography for calling that line).

It might be just me, but it took me a while to figure out that it is a 2 and not a 4 with a curved upper part. Besides, that font looks horribly baroque and unreadable to my eye.

The offending typeface seems to be OpenSuSE's version of Palatino.

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    I am not sure I get what you mean. Maybe you could make a screenshot and illustrate the confusion of '2' for '4'? – N.N. Feb 8 '12 at 15:59
  • @N.N. It the same font that appears in Martin Schröder's answer here below. – Federico Poloni Feb 9 '12 at 10:58
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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about a bug that is fixed in an updated version of the software/browser. – Werner Mar 3 '14 at 7:06
  • @Werner I agree, but it is a 2-year old discussion, and I don't think it was off-topic when it started. I've accepted an answer to close it, anyway. – Federico Poloni Mar 3 '14 at 9:44

Surely you're seeing something we're not. Here's an image of the votes and view count font on my system (Firefox 10.0 on a Mac):

vote count image

I really don't see how the 4 and the 2 are very similar, and although the font is serifed it doesn't seem very baroque to me (although obviously this is a matter of opinion.)


This seems to be an OpenSuSE bug: https://www.tug.org/pipermail/tex-live/2011-January/028355.html

  • Confirmed; it's fixed in OpenSUSE 11.4. – Martin Schröder Feb 10 '12 at 8:32

This is what I'm seeing (with FF10 on OpenSUSE 11.3 with KDE):

2 looks like 4

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    ...and why is this? – Werner Feb 8 '12 at 23:44
  • What font is ff10 using? – topskip Feb 9 '12 at 9:12
  • I am using Firefox 10.0 (in Ubuntu 11.10) and I do not see this. – N.N. Feb 9 '12 at 11:09
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    @PatrickGundlach: I confirm that I see the ugly font on OpenSuSE 11.3 with both FF10 and Chrome 16, but not on Ubuntu with the same FF10. So it must be a SuSE font problem. How do I check which font is actually being used? – Federico Poloni Feb 9 '12 at 11:11
  • @FedericoPoloni I don't know. I've tried whatthefont and didn't succeed. Perhaps the firebug inspector can help? The site requests "Palatino Linotype",Palatino,"Hoefler Text","Book Antiqua",Georgia,serif - so any of those are probably chosen. – topskip Feb 9 '12 at 11:26
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    @PatrickGundlach The culprit is Palatino. – Federico Poloni Feb 9 '12 at 13:15

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