Over on Science Fiction & Fantasy, we've had a couple of answers containing some Unicode characters that spilled over onto the rest of the page.

screenshot of a weird looking page

The comments were deleted and edited to push the offending bit into history, as discussed on our meta.

So the direct problem has been solved.

However, should Unicode characters in a post be able to do this? Should the contents of an element be allowed to draw outside the boundaries of that element?
(I think they should not, hence this bug report).

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    This is rare enough that manual handling of such issues is seen as enough. If it becomes a real problem, we will work to fix it.
    – Oded
    Commented Feb 12, 2016 at 9:09
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    I don't understand why there's a need for browsers or any software to support stacking the Unicode characters so heavily. Cut it off at 3 or 4, whatever's realistic for actual language. (It does seem to be a problem for browsers, rather than SE, to fix)
    – user287266
    Commented Feb 13, 2016 at 19:51
  • @CreationEdge: I don't understand why there is a need to cut it off.
    – user306255
    Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 1:35
  • @sumelic Because it's ugly, stupid, ruins text fields as seen, and serves no linguistic purposes? It's essentially a universal bug.
    – user287266
    Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 2:01
  • @CreationEdge: It's not a bug. People can do plenty of ugly things with Unicode, or with just ASCII for that matter. As Oded said, it's not a real problem at the moment.
    – user306255
    Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 2:06
  • @sumelic I'm talking about web browsers, not SE.
    – user287266
    Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 2:07
  • @oded just to know, it is appropriate to flag such kind of post for removal, right?
    – SPArcheon
    Commented May 10, 2016 at 18:54
  • @SPArchaeologist - given that don't add any value and are just trolling, yeah, absolutely.
    – Oded
    Commented May 10, 2016 at 19:22
  • @oded - good to know, will start doing so. I will probably skip them if they are trying to demonstrate a bug but otherwise unless it is some small joke, they will have to go.
    – SPArcheon
    Commented May 10, 2016 at 19:25


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