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Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Windows Update Removes Swastika Font

I installed an update for Windows today, which removed the Bookshelf Symbol 7 font. Microsoft says it wants to remove the font because it contains an offensive symbol. Since Microsoft won't easily say what the symbol is (although it did release this letter when it issued the update last year), I did some digging and found this cached page at Typographi.ca (via About)that explains it all:
Swastika Prompts Microsoft Font Recall

Microsoft has announced the recall of the Bookshelf Symbol 7 font due to the inclusion of a swastika. The poster of a similar article at Metafilter asks if it is really all that offensive. I often find the use of the character offensive, but the character itself..? We’ve been over this ground before here and elsewhere, but the whole symbol vs. meaning debate is one which type aficionados are deeply aware. There is even an organized movement afoot to “detoxify” the symbol.


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