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Six Science Publishers Create New Web Font Set

Magazine article Information Today

Six Science Publishers Create New Web Font Set

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A group of scientific publishers has announced the Scientific and Technical Information Exchange (STIR) font-creation project and the launch of the STIR Web site at http://www.stixfonts.org. The STIR publishers aim to develop a comprehensive set of fonts for mathematics and other special characters used in scientific, technical, and medical publishing. The site provides information for potential users within the scientific and publishing communities and features a special area for software developers who may want to incorporate support for the STIR Fonts into their products.

Six publishers-the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Physics (AIP), the American Mathematical Society, the American Physical Society, Elsevier Science, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineerscame together to design, fund, and manage the STIR project. They have awarded the font-development contract to a respected company, which has begun the process of designing and delivering nearly 8,000 characters/glyphs. The design submissions of the various character sets are currently being evaluated by a technical review committee that consists of representatives of the six participating publishers.

According to the announcement, there is currently a need for a new font set for mathematical and other scientific symbols, especially in the area of on-screen display in electronic publishing. …

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