[tex-live] Palatino / figbas - ligatures for baroque music corrupting web pages(?!)

andrew cooke andrew at acooke.org
Mon Jan 10 15:40:05 CET 2011


I originally reported this as a bug to OpenSuse, who have replied saying that I 
need to take it "upstream", which I think means you guys.

When I viewed web pages with Palatino fonts (in any web browser) I was seeing 
strange versions of the digits 2, 4, 5, 6 and 9.  I eventually traced this to 
the file /usr/share/texmf/fonts/type1/public/figbas/plrj.pfb - deleting that 
file and rebuilding the font cache fixed the issue.

In short, it seems that file defines ligatures for the digits mentioned which 
for "figured-bass notation in baroque music". But somehow they are being applied 
to Palatino as replacements for the "normal" digits.

There's a lot of information here - https://www.quora.com/Typefaces/Why-is-
Palatino-displaying-2-with-a-vertical-line-that-makes-it-look-like-4 (please 
expand the "more" under the question link to see everything).  That includes 
images of the problem.

The OpenSuse bug report is here - https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?

If this still is not the correct place to report this, please can you tell me 
who to talk to?  I realise that it looks a little like one of those annoying 
bugs that could be the responsibility of a number of people and, therefore, that 
no-one wants to look at it.  Unfortunately I don't understand fonts enough to 
take it further than the information above, but it looks really bad in the web 


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