February 11, 2004

Cleaning up the fonts

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at February 11, 2004 5:57 PM

Ah! A message from Microsoft:

Critical Update for Windows (KB833407)
This item updates the Bookshelf Symbol 7 font included in some Microsoft products. The font has been found to contain unacceptable symbols. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

Well, now I want to know what they are. Icons of Janet Jackson perhaps?
[After viewing font] I'm guessing they mean the swastikas.
[After downloading update] The swastikas, but also the hexagram (Star of David). What's unacceptable about a hexagram?
Old Bookshelf Symbol 7:

New Bookshelf Symbol 7:

Also: I understand why Microsoft would, from a PR standpoint, want to make this change, but was it really a critical update? I would prefer their use of "critical" to apply to my priorities rather than theirs.


I guess my question is why they needed a swastika symbol to begin with?

Posted by: Tracy | February 12, 2004 6:39 AM

It's the Bookshelf font, used in Encarta, etc. Maybe they thought it would be useful in encyclopedia entries about the Nazis?

Also interesting is that there are two swastikas in the font- the first one being the Nazi symbol, and the second one rotated 45 degrees, which is how it appears as a Buddhist symbol. Both were removed, of course. The second one appears among the Chinese characters in the font, and for good reason- it is a Chinese character. Ok, but if they meant to use the Chinese character, why not use the mirror-image, left-facing version, which if Wikipedia is to be believed is far more commonly used? (I'd bet on that version still getting pulled from the font at the end of the day, though.)

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | February 12, 2004 9:56 AM
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