This last week while browsing this site my computer has displayed MathJaX really badly. Here is a screenshot from a random question: Ugly fonted math mode

Here is a screenshot of the same question from my phone for comparison (slightly blurry on my screen due to scaling): enter image description here

To me that looks a lot better. I would normally search elsewhere for the answer, but StackExchange is, as far as I can tell, the only site where this font change has taken place.

I am using Chrome on a Windows 7 machine. Mozilla Firefox has the same problem, while Internet Explorer looks good. Zooming in and out doesn't help. I don't think I've touched any settings lately. Does anyone know what might cause this?

Edit: After some help from Willie Wong, here is a screenshot with the math renderer changed from HTML-CSS to SVG: enter image description here

It looks a lot better, but it seems very boldfaced, like the G, H and brackets really stands out on the page.

  • $\begingroup$ Another user had a similar problem here. What is the status of MathJax in Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer? $\endgroup$
    – hrkrshnn
    Oct 31, 2014 at 10:04
  • $\begingroup$ @Moronplusplus: I marked that other one as a dupe of this one, to help keep track of the status. $\endgroup$ Oct 31, 2014 at 10:07
  • $\begingroup$ @Moronplusplus FF has the same problem. IE looks good. $\endgroup$
    – Arthur
    Oct 31, 2014 at 10:08
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    $\begingroup$ @Arthur: in each of the three browsers you tested, can you right click on the math expression, go to "Settings --> Math Renderer", and tells us what the renderers used are for each of the browsers. After that, can you try using different renderers and see if they change the situation? $\endgroup$ Oct 31, 2014 at 10:14
  • $\begingroup$ @WillieWong They were all using HTML-CSS, though in FF and Chrome's case, SVG looks a whole lot better. $\endgroup$
    – Arthur
    Oct 31, 2014 at 10:16
  • $\begingroup$ @Arthur: one last question: do you happen to have the STIX fonts installed? (BTW, I probably cannot help you solve the problem. I am just going through the routines so when the real experts arrive all the usual questions are already asked and they can trouble shoot from there.) $\endgroup$ Oct 31, 2014 at 10:18
  • $\begingroup$ @WillieWong There is no font called STIX installed on my computer, if that's what you mean. I don't know if it might be installed under a different name by default. $\endgroup$
    – Arthur
    Oct 31, 2014 at 10:21
  • $\begingroup$ That's fine. If you don't know about it, you probably did not install it. It is not something that usually gets dragged in on Windows. $\endgroup$ Oct 31, 2014 at 10:24
  • $\begingroup$ While you Mathjax technicians are at it, be advised that a problem that had been cured once before has recurred. Once again, non-Mathjax text which follows Mathjax text encroaches upon it. In answer to the question, What am I working with(?), here goes: Samsung Galaxy S5, Android platform, service provided by Verizon. Good hunting! $\endgroup$ Oct 31, 2014 at 15:04
  • $\begingroup$ What does MathJax report as font being used when you open the about popup in the MathJax menu? $\endgroup$ Nov 1, 2014 at 15:35
  • $\begingroup$ @PeterKrautzberger It says it uses woff or otf fonts. $\endgroup$
    – Arthur
    Nov 3, 2014 at 23:46
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, too bad. I was hoping it'd say image fonts (indicating that something is blocking the webfonts). But woff/otf is the right type. What version of Chrome are you using? $\endgroup$ Nov 4, 2014 at 7:34
  • $\begingroup$ Hey, are there those who still have this bug? I know the answer to this naughty question, since I have published the same report. $\endgroup$
    – cool
    Sep 29, 2016 at 14:41


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