Webdings is a TrueType dingbat font developed in 1997. It was initially distributed with Internet Explorer 4.0, then as part of Core fonts for the Web, and is included in all versions of Microsoft Windows since Windows 98. Most of the glyphs have no Unicode character equivalents (until Unicode 7.0 is released).
There are some "categories" of symbols in Webdings; groups of similar symbols. Symbol trends like this in the font include weather icons, land with different structures built on top, vehicles and ICT. Symbols which are the Webdings equivalent of characters not available on an English keyboard also exist in the font (for example, the dove and Earth symbols).
New York City
When typing the initials for New York City, "NYC", the three resulting glyphs are an eye, a heart, and a city skyline: "I Love New York." A Microsoft spokesperson explained that "typographers took pains to ensure that the image corresponding with the capital letters NYC was a pleasant one". This occurred after Wingdings accidentally associated "NYC" with a poison (death) symbol, a Jewish Star of David, and a thumbs-up, creating what appeared to some people as an endorsement of anti-Semitism. This has been changed in recent releases of Microsoft Office.
- Webdings font information (Microsoft typography)
- Webdings info page (Microsoft typography)
- Downloadable version of Webdings for Windows (Core fonts for the Web)
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