Characters that should be displayed?

Koji Ishii kojiishi at
Mon Jun 30 23:12:56 CDT 2014

On Jul 1, 2014, at 9:14 AM, David Starner <prosfilaes at> wrote:
On Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 11:35 AM, Koji Ishii <kojiishi at> wrote:
>> I understand some here wants to display them to help users to identify
>> broken characters, some consider it doesn’t help users at all. I tend to
>> agree with the later, but either way, it’s about helping users to fix their
>> documents.
> If your browser stop recognizing Japanese, would you prefer to see
> fallback characters or nothing? For me, I'd much rather see fallback
> characters because then the question is why aren't these characters
> displaying and not why is this webpage blank.

Thanks for the reply. It’s very likely that the page contains images, borders, background, etc., so I can recognize all the text are missing. But neither of text missing nor text garbled suggests me how to fix it. I’d try another browser, then give up viewing the page.

But the scenario is still not a security issue. Whether it’s a security issue or a feature makes a big difference for us to discuss how important this change is, so I’m interested in knowing what kind of security aspects showing fallback glyphs can help, when considering browser rendering.

Any thoughts?


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