Melville, NY, May 28, 2010 — After more than 10 years in development, the STIX Fonts are now available for free download at www.stixfonts.org. These Unicode-based OpenType fonts have been designed to support the full range of characters and symbols needed in STM publishing, for both print and online formats. The fonts include more than 8,000 glyphs in multiple weights, sizes, and slants and support the complete range of Latin alphabets, as well as Greek and Cyrillic. The largest component of the fonts is devoted to the thousands of mathematical operators and technical symbols necessary to report research.
Speaking on behalf of the coalition of publishers who developed the fonts, Tim Ingoldsby of the American Institute of Physics said, "This project, which received funding support as well as the contributions of many staff members from the American Chemical Society, American Institute of Physics, American Mathematical Society, American Physical Society, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and Elsevier, represents a significant step forward in the STM publishing process. Now individual researchers can come to a single source to obtain a free set of fonts that they can be assured contains substantially every character or symbol needed for reporting their results."
The initial release (version 1.0) provides the STIX Fonts as a set of 23 OpenType fonts, a format suitable for use by most dedicated STM typesetting programs, equation editors, and other applications. A second release (version 1.1) containing advanced OpenType support required by applications like Microsoft Office will follow by the end of 2010. The third release (version 1.2) will be a set of Type 1 fonts suitable for use with LaTeX, a standard tool in the mathematics and science communities and is expected to be completed in 2011.
The STIX Fonts are released under the SIL Open Font License (OFL), a license designed specifically for collaborative font projects and to provide a free and open framework in which fonts may be shared and improved in partnership with others.
American Institute of Physics