Garbled Text in GMapsFX on Mac OSX

 

I have been receiving a lot of messages the last couple of months regarding the text in GMapsFX applications looking “garbled”, as illustrated in the screenshot below.

 

Screen Shot 2017-03-29 at 2.15.45 PM

 

This is appears to only affect applications running on Mac OSX.  GMapsFX makes use of the JavaFX WebView component under the hood, so I created a simple test app that loads Google Maps into a WebView to confirm the issue was the WebView component.

Screen Shot 2017-03-01 at 5.09.09 PM.png

I filed a bug report with Oracle, but apparently this is a known issue that affects only some websites in WebView on Mac. Linux and Windows applications using the WebView component are unaffected.

http://bugs.java.com/bugdatabase/view_bug.do?bug_id=JDK-8088205

The issue has been open for a couple of years now which leads me to think that a recent Mac update may be contributing to the problem becoming more widespread.

Unfortunately a fix for this won’t be available until Java 9, and there is no work around that I know of.

 

 

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