Today, Windows XP automatic updates service greeted me with two new updates waiting to be downloaded. One was another of those serious enough to allow a remote attacker to completely take over and wreck your computer, the other was about a font! A font? It says that the Bookshelf Symbol 7 font that is included in MS Office 2003 “has been found to contain unacceptable symbols”. Well, that’s some interesting stuff…
So I fired up the symbol browser included with Office (from Word, Insert -> Symbol), selected the font and took a screenshot. Then I proceeded with the update, rebooted the machine, and did the same thing again. Voila! 3 symbols have been removed – 2 Swastika’s and a six-pointed star.
Here’s the old font:
and here’s the new one:
I began googling around for it and found some references to the Swastika being removed in this update, see this post on J-Walk Blog.
What’s more interesting is that no one ever mentioned the Star, it’s not even in Microsoft’s press release.