Pretty much nobody but me ever sees this, but when I’m logged into meyerweb’s copy of WordPress (basically, all the time) I see a little pencil icon next to entries and comments. It’s the “click here to edit this” link, and I generate it using the following markup:
The problem is that at some point in the recent past, my OS X 10.3.9 laptop started rendering that character as a Z with a set of rabbit ears on top, whereas my OS X 10.3.9 desktop machine still shows the pencil. I can only assume this is due to a recent software installation on the laptop, possibly one that stuck in a badly structured font or something. Or else an update messed up the Unicode pointers.
Whatever the cause might be, does anyone out there know if there’s a way for me to figure out what font is being used to generate the funky Z, or how I might otherwise be able to track down and destroy it and get the pencils back? Because it’s driving me frickin’ crazy.
Update: the problem is now fixed, as described in the followup entry.