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The weirdest thing has just occurred. I did a google search and once the page had rendered I could see double f's had been replaced with a strange script font. Even weirder, once I chose to have a look using Firebug, the strange script font appeared there also. Why is this?

I've attached a picture of what I saw.alt text

P.S. The Search was for "wget facebook"

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I don't see a picture, but this sounds like something that should be asked over on SuperUser – John D. Nov 29 '10 at 20:21
Yeah, that is wierd. Try I doubt superusers can help on this one. – Byron Whitlock Nov 29 '10 at 20:23
Is [help] really the best tag you could think of? – skaffman Nov 29 '10 at 20:23
I'd guess the page source would show explicit ff and ffi ligatures (&#fb00; U+ffb0 pp), and if your font doesn't have them, it'll fall back on some other font. For me, it's something sans-serif for your search, you seem to get Zapfino. – Ulrich Schwarz Nov 29 '10 at 20:28

Pango is replacing instances of "ff and "ffi" with ligatures, but the font you're using doesn't seem to have ligands so the font substitution engine is looking for one that does, and finding that fancy font first.

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Whoops, didn't notice Ulrich's comment. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Nov 30 '10 at 1:23

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