2 July 2008

New typographic features in Firefox 3

Firefox 3 bring some impressive new features to text rendering: kerning, ligatures, hinting, and more.

Ligatures demo picture
Demonstration of ligatures in a Firefox 3 text box

Two great summaries have been written on the topic in the past few weeks:

Unfortunately, Ralf’s investigation seems to show that some of the functionality is still a bit buggy in Firefox 3 on the Mac — adding discretionary ligatures automatically, and not using context-sensitive glyphs appropriately.