I have URLs with non-ascii chars that behave strangely on Chrome 79 on Catalina 10.15.3 I was not able to reproduce it with Chrome 79 on Windows, neither with Safari.

If I have the following chain in the URL bar ∀ ∀∀∀§, the last three get bigger then the first one. Try copy pasting it in your Chrome URL bar. If I remove the § or put a space before the §, all the return to the same (smaller) size.

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google.com does not seem to care about the size difference in the URL, but my Java WebServer is not able to parse the URL if the and § are adjacents.

Update : I've just upgraded to Chrome 80 and the problem does not appear any more...


It seems to be the case with all tall characters at the end, for example the dagger(†)(U+2020), the double dagger(‡)(U+2021) and box drawings light vertical and horizontal(┼)(U+253C) show the same effect. My guess is that chrome doesn't handle those "tall" characters well and tries to show all characters in a "word", limited by for example a space or a comma, as the same height. I also could not find another place in macOS where this was the case, so I guess it is a chrome Bug. You can file a bug report in the menu under the help section or in the google issue tracker.

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    It seems very logical, but now that I have Chrome 80, I cannot reproduce it anymore :-(Also, I will not file an issue since it is corrected in Chrome 80, but feel free to do so. Thanks – Benoît Feb 13 '20 at 11:31

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