Strange characters appear when using WPF webbrowser, and HTML with italic tag and arabic text


I cannot figure this one but I have made a simple demo below. When this page is viewed in IE or Edge it renders properly. I have tried different encodings like utf-16, Windows-1252 but did not work. Looks like an issue with WebBrowser control to me. Can someone figure this out ?


<html lang="en" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <head> <meta charset="utf-8" /> <title></title> </head> <body>



</body> </html>


<Page x:Class="WpfApp1.LayoutTest" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation" xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml" xmlns:mc="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/markup-compatibility/2006" xmlns:d="http://schemas.microsoft.com/expression/blend/2008" xmlns:local="clr-namespace:WpfApp1" mc:Ignorable="d" Background="Yellow" d:DesignHeight="450" d:DesignWidth="800" Loaded="Page_Loaded" Title="LayoutTest"> <WebBrowser x:Name="MyWebBrowser" Margin="20,5,0,5"/> </Page>


using System; using System.Text; using System.Windows; using System.IO; using System.Windows.Controls; namespace WpfApp1 { public partial class LayoutTest : Page { public LayoutTest() { InitializeComponent(); } private void Page_Loaded(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e) { string dirPath = AppDomain.CurrentDomain.BaseDi‌rectory; string fileName = "ArabicPage.html"; string filename = Path.GetFullPath(Path.Combine(dirPath, fileName)); string content = File.ReadAllText(fileName, Encoding.UTF8); MyWebBrowser.NavigateToString(content); } } }

Without italic tag it renders properly:

Render in Edge browser:


I have tested this with UWP webview and it works properly there.


You can avoid it by using a font that properly supports Arabic characters, as an example Tahoma:

<html lang="ar" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <head> <meta charset="utf-8" /> <title></title> </head> <body style = "font-family:Tahoma,serif">

<i style = "font-size:26px;">اتفاقية</i>

<p style = "font-size:26px;">اتفاقية

</body> </html>

By default the font in windows 10 is Segoe UI. It seems that it is a Windows 10 issue more details from microsoft here.


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In fact you can see at windows 10 settings/fonts page (filter by Arabic), that Segoe UI font has a separate italic face font from the Regular face, on the opposite Tahoma italic is included in the regular face. Although when I tried an Arabic word sample in this settings with Segoe UI as a selected font it was surprisingly properly rendering characters with all the font styles available.



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