A group of scientific publishers has announced the target date of September 2005 for the beta release of STIX Fonts, with a goal of general release in November. STIX Fonts is a free, comprehensive set of special characters, mainly mathematical, intended for scientific, technical, and medical publishing. The successful completion of the Scientific and Technical Information Exchange (STIX) Fonts project is intended to alleviate the need for publishers to assemble symbols from a variety of fonts. Perhaps more important, when posted to a Web site, documents using STIX Fonts will be properly rendered, regardless of the fonts installed on a particular computer.
The six publishers that came together to design, fund and manage the STIX project include the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Institute of Physics (AIP), the American Mathematical Society (AMS), the American Physical Society (APS), Elsevier, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). The publishers also announced the re-launch of the STIX Fonts Web site at http://www.stixfonts.org. The revised site provides important details for potential users within the scientific and publishing communities. It also offers a special area for software developers who may want to incorporate support for the STIX Fonts into their products.
The participating publishers awarded the font development contract to MicroPress, Inc., a font designer, which has created and delivered over seven thousand characters/glyphs required for these comprehensive fonts. The final few hundred characters will be delivered before the end of July 2005. A beta test version of the fonts will be distributed in early summer 2005.
By making the fonts freely available, the STIX project hopes to encourage the development of applications that make use of these fonts. In particular the STIX project will create a TEX implementation that TEX users can install and configure with minimal effort. TEX is a computer language designed for typesetting, with particular application to mathematics and other technical material.