I'm trying to replicate (this was supposed to be bold) the problem here.

Browser: Firefox 17.0.6 ESR.

  • bold (doesn't work)
  • normal
  • italic (works)


That's how bold shows up on Unix SE: Unix Screenshot

Update: turns out it is a Firefox 17 issue, and isn't replicated on other browsers. Can be closed.

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    Bold works fine for me (on Chrome). Could you add a screenshot so we have a better idea of what you are seeing?
    – yannis
    Jun 26, 2013 at 6:46
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    Works Fine on Firefox 21.0 and 22.0 on Mac OS X even with JS turned off.
    – user28988
    Jun 26, 2013 at 6:47
  • Does bold outside of lists work?
    – user28988
    Jun 26, 2013 at 6:50
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    Downloading 17.0.7 ESR to bughunt.
    – user28988
    Jun 26, 2013 at 6:50
  • @WorldEngineer - bold doesn't work in comments, neither does it in the question text. (Hint: word bold is in bold). Thanks for the prompt reply. Jun 26, 2013 at 6:52
  • @DeerHunter is there any possibility you have any javascript issues going on? (I'm not aware if the bold effect is applied to the markup from the server, or by javascript on the client; in the case of the ladder you may have a broken-state in your browser right now) Jun 26, 2013 at 6:57
  • i.stack.imgur.com/oy8KV.png - Doesn't appear to be anything wrong there... What OS are you using? Your fonts look "off". @JimmyHoffa It's not JS. I tested with JS blocked. No effect.
    – user28988
    Jun 26, 2013 at 6:58
  • @WorldEngineer - CentOS 6.4. Firebug shows nothing unusual, I've tried a test comment on Unix & Linux SE, it shows bold. Jun 26, 2013 at 7:01
  • @WorldEngineer - posted a shot from another SE site. Jun 26, 2013 at 7:04
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    I vote the image is photoshopped... heh Jun 26, 2013 at 7:08
  • @JimmyHoffa - software used: KolourPaint. Jun 26, 2013 at 7:11
  • @DeerHunter have you tried chrome to see if you get bold there? If not I'd be curious to see a screenshot of your font selection from chromes debugger tools. There's a failback path of fonts for when X isn't found on your machine, it'll try Y, then Z, et al, chrome's debugging tools will make clear which fonts it failed to find and which one it ended up using in place. It may have failed back to a particular font which your system doesn't have a bold form installed for. To see these details, right click the text in Chrome and select "Inspect element" you'll see render details on the right Jun 26, 2013 at 7:24
  • @JimmyHoffa - No Chrome here, will try with GTK WebKit in a few hours. Jun 26, 2013 at 7:30
  • I'm afraid the answer will be that Firefox 17.0.6 is not supported. SE generally tries to support the current and immediately previous stable versions of major browsers, and 17.0.6 is a bit old (21 is the current stable).
    – yannis
    Jun 26, 2013 at 8:06
  • 22.0 is the current stable, it updated today.
    – user28988
    Jun 26, 2013 at 8:24


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