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i hate icon fonts

I don’t know a whole lot about typography and fonts, but there’s two things I know about font files. They’re ridiculously complex and their parsers have only just begun to experience life with hostile inputs. In short, I’d put fonts second on my list of files likely to pwn your browser, after Flash (assorted video formats are probably closing in fast, though). Relevant.

To address this concern, I disabled downloadable fonts. But thanks to the hard work of the geniuses in charge of making the web better, now I frequently get shit like this:

github icons

Hey, look, my lucky numbers are 26 and 78.

linkedin icons

Separation of presentation and content, my ass.

Here’s another great one. WTF does any of this mean? Click here to 0xF029 a new tweet!

twitter icons

Even better, at some point I installed the Ubuntu fonts, which contain a magic ubuntu™ logo glyph. Naturally, Twitter uses this same codepoint for some other icon. Here’s a tweet that only received two 0xF147s, but it’s ubuntu™ approved!

ubuntu icon

Octicons for everyone! This is going to be spectacular.


Video controls on the NY Times website. Click here to 0xE805 the video!

nytimes video icons

Easter eggs from the Atlantic! Hovering reveals that each is a link to “#”. How helpful.

atlantic icons

Not to be outdone, Medium decided to add a slight rise to their icons, building anticipation for the next story.

medium icons

Here’s a gem from the Microsoft Store.

msstore icons

Posted 08 Jan 2014 03:41 by tedu Updated: 27 Jun 2016 21:01