"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
-- Proverbs 29:18, King James Bible (KJV)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

New York Times Typeface Page Freezing Up Browser Due to Downloadable Fonts?

In the past several days we have accessed some New York Times articles online only have the browser freeze up for an indeterminate time because of the loading of something called typeface.nytimes.com.

We found a likely explanation for the problem at http://alt.fan.cecil-adams.narkive.com/o5LK6OJf/any-firefox-experts, which would indicate that it is caused by a browser glitch in dealing with downloadable fonts.

In about:config we found
gfx.downloadable_fonts.enabled
set to true
and so one solution is surely to toggle the value to false
but we really have nothing against dowloadable fonts as long as they load fast.

Perhaps one can reduce the downloadable fonts fallback delay which is set by default to 3000 and which we will try to reduce substantially to see if that helps. See

gfx.downloadable_fonts.fallback_delay (default value at 3000)

Otherwise, we will simply have reduce our NY Times online viewing.
If fonts have been downloaded once it is not to be understood why they apparently have to be reloaded time and time again.