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December 1, 2007

Russian fonts in Firefox under OS X Leopard

Filed under: — Alex Salamakha @ 8:28 AM

One of the annoying problems of OS X Leopard upgrade was Firefox’s problem of presenting Russian characters – all buttons, text boxes and other controls contained question marks instead of characters while web pages were presented well.

Problem with question marks instead of letters

This is how you fix this:

Quit Firefox. Go to Applications folder and Right click on Firefox. Select “Show Package Contents” from the menu. Navigate to Contents -> Resources and rename en.lproj directory to ru.lproj directory.

the problem is fixed


  1. THANK YOU! This was very frustrating. I googled “Firefox Russian Leopard” and yours was the first site to come up, and it worked. I don’t understand what I changed or why it worked, but I’m glad it did.

    Comment by Кайл — December 2, 2007 @ 1:37 AM

  2. Glad it helped! It took me some time to find the solution and I almost switched to Safari in the meantime, which was painful since like my Firefox plugins and shortcuts 🙂

    Comment by Alex Salamakha — December 2, 2007 @ 6:49 PM

  3. Greate! Thank You!

    Comment by Mike — December 22, 2007 @ 2:40 PM

  4. Thanks! You da man!

    Comment by Serge — January 3, 2008 @ 4:46 PM

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