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Certain letters are suddenly showing up as fractions in Mac's Mail program. Specifically,

  • lowercase a = 1/2
  • lowercase b = 1/4
  • lowercase c = 3/4

Capitalized, they work fine, the other keys are working fine, and this only happens with this particular program, but I can't figure out what to change or what's wrong.

It's Mac OS X 10.4.11 and an update was applied last night but other than that nothing's been changed (that I know of, I'm asking for someone else).


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Oops, you were right, I changed "problem" to "program". Also, I did restart it, the updates required a restart. – 7777 Sep 15 '09 at 0:06

Is it possible that you have a different font accidentally selected?

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+1, Thank you for pointing me in the right direction. – 7777 Sep 15 '09 at 2:31
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As it turned out, it was something that was solved by changing some settings and rebooting.

The particular emails he was looking at were from China, so I think something got lost in the character encoding on the way. I set the program to always reply in plaintext, and that seems to have solved the problem.

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