Saturday, 13 December 2003

Microsoft removes 'unacceptable symbols' font

Microsoft has released a tool for removing the Bookshelf Symbol 7 font from Office 2003. Some customers complained that the font contained unacceptable symbols.

The unacceptable symbols in question were variants of the swastika symbol, which as you all should know, was adopted by the Nazi party of Germany.

To me, this smacks of extreme and excessive censorship. The symbol in itself is not hateful or wrong; it does however conjure up connotations of the regime that adopted the symbol.

Should we also ban the cross, because it was used by the crusaders? Should we ban the six-pointed star due to the actions of Israel?

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