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Internet Explorer 7 and the ‘CodePointToFontMap’ registry key RRS feed

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  • Hi

    I have a few questions about a registry entry for Internet Explorer. The value is ‘CodePointToFontMap’, which is a REG_BINARY value and located in the following key HKEY_USERS\{USER GUID}\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\International. We are seeing an issue with IE7 displaying formatting characters on certain pages. The issue was being seen for all except one user, and we have found that one of the differences between the profiles was this value. The absence of this value leads to the formatting characters being displayed, while the presence of it of this value leads to the characters not being displayed. Screenshots of this are attached.

    What we need to know is:

    1. What is this value for:
      • What data does it contain? The data is in binary form so it is hard to tell from regedit. It looks to contain a list of font names, but is there more to it than that?
      • What does the value control? The name seems to suggest it maps something to fonts. Does this only apply to specific versions of IE? Removing the value when using IE9 did not appear to have any effect.
      • Is this an independent entry, or does is require other registry entries?
    2. What are the implications of adding/removing this value?
    3. Is this value something that can be set natively from Group Policy or does it require a custom setting?

    Many thanks in advance,

    Friday, August 30, 2013 3:01 PM