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Opened 10 years ago

Closed 22 months ago

#29652 closed defect (bug) (wontfix)

Dashicons conflict with text-rendering: optimizeLegibility

Reported by: wpweaver's profile wpweaver Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 4.0
Component: General Keywords:
Focuses: ui, css Cc:


There is a little known problem using Dashicons with Android 4.2 and 4.3, and perhaps the later versions.

If any plugin or theme includes this CSS rule:

text-rendering: optimizeLegibility;

then Dashicons (and other icon fonts like genericons) do not display at all on those Android devices.

Twenty Twelve has this, and it should be removed. There should be a comment about this problem in at least the core dashicons.css file.

This is not a well-known problem, and is obviously very embarrassing. It is next to impossible for any WP developer to test, but there are still a huge number of Android 4.2+ devices.

Change History (7)

#1 @SergeyBiryukov
10 years ago

  • Focuses ui added

#2 @SergeyBiryukov
10 years ago

  • Summary changed from DashIcons to Dashicons conflict with text-rendering: optimizeLegibility

#3 @DrewAPicture
10 years ago

  • Keywords ui-feedback added

Has anybody been able to reproduce this problem on Android 4.2-4.4?

#4 @helen
9 years ago

  • Keywords ui-feedback removed

This is noted in the Genericons readme (which is not Dashicons), so it seems this is a known problem, at least. I don't know about removing it from Twenty Twelve, but it seems to me that if we want to fix this we should account for it in the toolbar CSS or Dashicons CSS (or both).

#5 @sabernhardt
3 years ago

  • Keywords close added

Since WordPress 5.2 (r44940), the dashicons class and dashicons:before have text-rendering: auto in dashicons.css.

Could this be closed as fixed?

Last edited 3 years ago by sabernhardt (previous) (diff)

#6 @sabernhardt
3 years ago

  • Focuses css added

#7 @desrosj
22 months ago

  • Keywords close removed
  • Resolution set to wontfix
  • Status changed from new to closed

It's been 8 years since this ticket was originally noted, and this still appears to be the only report of this issue in WordPress Core after searching Trac and the Support Forums.

I did some digging, and it looks like text-rendering: auto was introduced into Dashicons here and then merged into Core in [44940] as noted above.

Since Android is currently on version 12.x and 4.x received its last security patch in October of 2017, I'm going to close this one out as it seems to have resolved itself or to have been an incredibly rare edge case. Though some plugins and themes use Dashicons on the front end, the typical use is within the admin dashboard where Twenty Twelve's styles are not loaded. If it were more of an issue in the wild, there should have been more reports.

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