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Ligatures appear as boxes

The catalog appears to have lost the capability for some diacritics, specifically ligatures. (For example, the place name Ivenet︠s︡.) The ligatures in transliterations are part of the ALA standards, and they need to be recognized.
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  • Catherijne,

    We have noticed this problem as well. Are you using Internet Explorer? What version? As far as we have diagnosed, this is a problem with the fonts that are being used by Internet Explorer. If this is the case, we are in the process of coming up with a solution for it, but if that's not the case, please let me know more about your environment that is causing you to lose the ligatures.
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  • I am using Internet Explorer 7, although I have noticed the same problem on 8.
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  • Hi Catherijne. Thanks for your feedback. We've identified the problem and are devising a way to implement the solution. The issue lies within certain characters the record data uses to create tie-bar ligatures ( ︠ and ︡  ).


    In the current FamilySearch site these ligatures are visible with Arial Unicode MS, a font that's only available to visitors who have MS Office installed. The beta site uses a more available and robust unicode font called Lucida Sans Unicode. It's highly recommended by the IPA spec. Unfortunately, Windows XP with Internet Explorer has an issue with these characters.


    The solution is an alternate character that renders accurately across Windows and Mac operating systems in all major browsers (  ͡   ).


    We're discussing ways to implement this new character now. Thank you for your patience.
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