Calibri FontGate: Font as evidence in political scandal

Die Tochter des pakistanischen Premierpräsidenten hat sich bei der Dokumentenfälschung von Papieren aus dem Jahr 2006 erwischen lassen, die ihren Papa in einem Korruptionsskandal entlasten sollten. Dabei hat sie halt den Calibri Font von Microsoft verwendet, der aber leider erst im Jahr 2007 Standard wurde in Microsofts Software. Tja.

Und dann die Headline der Asia Straits Times: Calibri font in spotlight as FontGate could leave Pakistan sans Sharif.

Supporters of Sharif's ruling PML-N party argued that Calibri has been publicly available since 2004. Microsoft did not immediately respond to AFP's requests for comment. But the font's creator, a Dutch designer named Lucas De Groot, told AFP in a statement that it was "unlikely" Calibri had been used in any official documents in 2006. "(I)n my opinion the document in question was produced much later," he said.

De Groot said he began designing Calibri in 2002 and sent the finalised version to Microsoft in 2004. After that, he said, it was used in beta versions that would have required "serious effort" to obtain. The first Microsoft product to use Calibri on a large scale was Office 2007, he said, which was available to resellers by Nov 20, 2006 and for retail by Jan 30, 2007. "So in theory it would have been possible to make a document with Calibri in 2006," he said.

"However... It should have been taken from a beta operating system, from the hands of computer nerds. Why would anyone use a completely unknown font for an official document in 2006?"