A Firefox bug, prevailing more than 2.5 years

Today I noticed something fishy in the Google Reader while reading the Chennai MetBlog Post of Iniya Pongal Nalvalthukkal. I was viewing the post through Google Reader using Mozilla Firefox Downloaded yesterday Jan-14-2008).

The fishy thing is Tamil Indic text rendered by Firefox was garbled. I checked quickly with other Indic language scripts( Hindi, Telugu, Kannada ). They seems to render properly.

The post which I was reading in Firefox , which renders Tamil Indic text.


Same through the Microsoft Internet Explorer. I could see correct text rendered.


I checked with one of the Wikipedia article which runs test for rendering the Unicode Indic scripts.

The 2nd Column shows the correct rendering, 3rd column displays the Wrong Indic rendering in the current browser ( Firefox )


The 2nd Column shows the correct rendering, 3rd column displays the Correct Indic rendering in the current browser ( Internet Explorer )


Then I verified the rendering of Tamil Wikipedia in both the Browsers.


Tamil Wikipedia rendered in Internet Explorer


IE rocks in rendering the Tamil Unicode pages properly.

I checked in the BlogoSphere to find any such blogs have already complained about this problem and found I found Vasanth Dharmaraj’s blog. Surprising things is, he complained the problem on Aug, 2005.

Also I checked with another site which has the details of the bug and the fix. The site says that the fix will be shipped in 2007. Also, it lists some trackbacks of the bug.

Immediately I did a search in Bugzilla. The bug has been reported more than twice to the developers.

  • Bug 292429 – Tamil Unicode is not displayed properly
  • Bug 391805 – Firefox does not display proper Tamil,Telugu letters(Unicode)
  • Bug 333659 – Move nsTextFrame over to Thebes APIs

It’s about 2.5+ years and still the problem is in Firefox. I’m really surprised why Firefox developers hasn’t fixed it until.

Yahoo Pipes Filter for Hindu BusinessLine


Yahoo Pipes filter for Hindu BusinessLine Magazine!!!
This filters down the news items from Hindu Business line. This pipe filters Technology, Finance, Auto, Computer News items. I’ve just developed it , when I got irritated reading 1000+ news items from Hindu BusinessLine magazine.

Below are the feed sources for the pipe.


Check out my pipe here incase you want to customize more.

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Tip for Gmail Users – Very Useful

Here’s a small and very useful tip for the users of gmail. Gmail provides a feature called PLUS(+). Yes the usage of plus symbol in your email id. Like attaching a tag to email. You would have experience keeping various email id’s for various purposes i.e for personal use an email id, for groups purposes an email id, but all these were always irritating to manage. Now Gmail tries to remove those hurdles and makes user feel comfortable to use single email id for different purposes. How??

By using “+” in your email id, you can make your email id to act differently.

For Eg: Let me assume that you have subscribed in various groups with your email id user@gmail.com. You will be reciving heaps of mails, which would mingle with all your personal mails, friends mails etc. But now with gmail you can do so.


Syntax: <username>+<tagname>@gmail.com

I have created such a email id smaheshwaran+groups@gmail.com to keep my group mails in Gmail and tried mailed from my rediff id to the mail id and it worked sucessfully. It is one of the cool feature available in google. So no more to manage many mail id’s for different purposes.

One cool idea: You can give <username>+lover@gmail.com mail id to your lover and you would never miss a mail from he/she.

More Tips from: GmailTips.com