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  • Here's some meta-fun. Just capped a screenshot of a thing I've noticed periodically on the site:

    This happens to me intermittently in Chrome and I haven't narrowed down the exact cause yet, but one way or another there's some sort of scrambling/spacing thing going on. A less malignant version appears in article texts from time to time where a couple of lines/words get their kerning all mucked up so that the letters overlap each other awkwardly.

    I'll collect some more samples and try and diagnose the actual issue when I see it next, but if anything else it's worth a semi-ironic chuckle or two.


  • SockDev

    been seeing it for a while.

    my current pet theory (more be cause funny than accurate) is that it's just @PaulaBean being brillant with the site again.



  • I've also seen it.
    Why do you think it's @paula ?


  • SockDev

    Because it's more funny than accurate.

    i thought i said that.

    :laughing:



  • Apparently, @swayde and I think it's exactly as funny as accurate.


  • SockDev

    @NedFodder said:

    Apparently, @swayde and I think it's exactly as funny as accurate.

    I.E. exactly as funny as a thermonuclear detonation at a range of 95 centimetres?



  • No, that's actually funny. I'd LOL out loud for at least a few nanoseconds before I melted.



  • @accalia said:

    Because it's more funny than accurate.

    Did you edit that in, or am i just waaaay too tired ?


  • SockDev

    no edits! but the original was a parenthetical remark.


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    @xacheron said:

    but one way or another there's some sort of scrambling/spacing thing going on

    Not scrambling, but some characters are getting shifted by one in the unicode table. You are right about the spacing, though.



  • @accalia said:

    my current pet theory (more be cause funny than accurate) is that it's just @PaulaBean being brillant

    I don't think Paula has such a long fingers. Sounds more like a bug in the Chrome's layout engine. It has its own layout engine, I believe based on HarfBuzz.



  • @xacheron said:

    This happens to me intermittently in Chrome and I haven't narrowed down the exact cause yet, but one way or another there's some sort of scrambling/spacing thing going on.

    I've not seen that around here, but I get something similar on http://wsj.com all the time with links. Zoom / unzoom gets everything right.



  • Yep, that looks like the same bug. May end up being Chrome's fault, though I'm still curious to know what on earth is causing it. Doesn't seem like a "normal" set of symptoms to show -- not that anything in the software world is "normal," but I digress.

    Side-note: When reading your post I tried to zoom in and out to correct the issue in the image.


    Filed under: I am not a smart man




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