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The following screenshot is taken from a Nexus 6 browsing on Chrome 49 on Android 6.0.1. The "s" and "t" --- when they appear together --- are joined by a line. This is not intended. It renders fine everywhere else. QUESTION: Have you seen this or something similar before? Can you suggest avenues of research to solve?

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This is called a ligature. The tend to be very subtle, like the ones used for te ff, fi and ffl combinations. This one is... less so.

You can deactivate ligatures (all of them) using -webkit-font-variant-ligatures: no-common-ligatures;, but that will also get rid of the (useful) other ligatures.

You might want to check out this StackOverflow question on the subject to further your search.

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    Ligatures require font support, and there are "regular ligatures" and "discretionary ligatures." The "st" is generally marked discretionary, so if it is not a chrome problem and not a code problem, perhaps the font itself marks them "improperly" – Yorik Mar 29 '16 at 21:10

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