9 Replies Latest reply: Nov 8, 2012 5:14 PM by Kurt Lang
Levina de Ruijter Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello all,

 

I read something about conflicting fonts, checked my fonts in font book, found doubles and deleted them. I probably should not have done that (don't fix it if it ain't broke!), as now webpages are either in bold or italics or a combination of that. I use Safari and Firefox and it occurs in both browsers.

 

To give you an idea: what I am seeing on my screen right now, as I am typing this, are italics. All the text editing tools are at my disposal, except for the italics, so I can make text bold, underlined etc., but the italic button doesn't do anything.

The strange thing is that on my home forum where all text is now bold, when I type a message in the 'reply' field in a thread, the text is normal, as it should be, but when I preview or post it, I'm seeing it in bold.

 

Also, most regular websites (shops, newspapers, you name it) are now a mix of bold and italic texts.

 

Obviously I have tried to choose a different browser font, but it doesn't take and I'm stuck in this bold and/or italic mode now. I've searched the internet and looked for a solution but haven't found one. I would sure be grateful for any help.


iMac 20in, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • 1. Re: Font problem: web pages are now either in bold or italics.
    Levina de Ruijter Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Interesting, when I was typing the text above it was in italics, just like the text I am typing right now. But once posted, it appears normal... Just thought I'd add this as it may be a clue to what's going on?

  • 2. Re: Font problem: web pages are now either in bold or italics.
    Levina de Ruijter Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Nobody? Please?

  • 3. Re: Font problem: web pages are now either in bold or italics.
    Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,995 points)

    Font Book is lousy at correcting its database when fonts are removed from the system. Try these steps.

     

    Restart your Mac and immediately hold down the Shift key when you hear the startup chime to boot into Safe Mode. Keep holding the Shift key until you see a progress bar towards the bottom of the screen. You can let go of the Shift key at that point.

     

    OS X asks you to log in (you will get this screen on a Safe Mode boot even if your Mac is set to automatically log in). Let the Mac finish booting to the desktop and then restart normally. This will clear Font Book's database and the cache files of the user account you logged into in Safe Mode.

     

    Next, close all running applications. From an administrator account, open the Terminal app and enter the following command. You can also copy/paste it from here into the Terminal window:

     

    sudo atsutil databases -remove

     

    Terminal will then ask for your admin password. As you type, it will not show anything, so be sure to enter it correctly.

     

    This removes all font cache files. Both for the system and the current user font cache files. After running the command, close Terminal and immediately restart your Mac.

  • 4. Re: Font problem: web pages are now either in bold or italics.
    Levina de Ruijter Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you so very much, Kurt, for replying. I can't tell you how I appreciate it.

     

    I followed your instructions and it worked partially in that the italics are gone now and from a quick test round it seems in all cases, so fora, shops, blogs that were all in italics are now normal again, including the text I am typing right now. However, the bold text issue persists.

     

    This is what I know now:

     

    - There were web pages where  text was in italics but not bold that are now displaying correctly again.

    - There were web pages where all text was bold but not in italics and they are still bold (about 70% of my forums and quite a few newspapers, including the New York Times and the Washington Post, to give just a few examples - and by the way, not all is bold in the newspapers, but the main articles all are).

     

    Anything else I could try maybe?

     

    To me this is just very weird, but I have browsed this forum a bit and understand that you are an expert on fonts and their workings, so if you can't come up with a solution, then I won't look any further and re-install Snow Leopard, although I hate to think of the work involved...

  • 5. Re: Font problem: web pages are now either in bold or italics.
    Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,995 points)

    At this point, the most likely cause would be bad fonts. Free fonts are the number one source of font problems. They're free for a reason.

     

    Do this. Create two new folders on the desktop. Call one Library, and the other User. Move all of the fonts in the /Library/Fonts/ folder into the Library folder on the desktop. Move all of the fonts in the /Library/Fonts/ folder of your user account into the User folder. The only active fonts on the system now will be those in the /System/Library/Fonts/ folder.

     

    Follow the instructions at the bottom of Font Management in OS X to restore just the fonts from your Snow Leopard DVD. You only need to do the /Library/Fonts/ folder, but it wouldn't hurt anything to do the System folder's fonts, too.

     

    Lastly, repeat the steps above to clear Font Book's database and all font caches.

     

    I may receive some form of compensation, financial or otherwise, from my recommendation or link.

  • 6. Re: Font problem: web pages are now either in bold or italics.
    Levina de Ruijter Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Dear Kurt,

     

    Thank you so much for that. Easy steps to follow, a brilliant application and all is well again. I can't tell you how relieved I am. You sir, are a wizard!

     

    Can I bother you with one last question? I have some Hebrew and Greek fonts that I use for my work. They come from reliable sources, I've had them forever so they're safe. Can I just drag them into the /Library/fonts folder to install them, or is it better to use font book?

     

    Kind regards,

    Levina

  • 7. Re: Font problem: web pages are now either in bold or italics.
    Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,995 points)

    Can I just drag them into the /Library/fonts folder to install them, or is it better to use font book?

    You can just drag them in. Font Book will pick up the additions and list them. But it doesn't matter which way you do it.

  • 8. Re: Font problem: web pages are now either in bold or italics.
    Levina de Ruijter Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Right. Thank you very much for all your help, Kurt. Very much appreciated.

  • 9. Re: Font problem: web pages are now either in bold or italics.
    Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,995 points)

    You're welcome.