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Category Symbol
Designer(s) Vincent Connare
Sue Lightfoot
Ian Patterson
Geraldine Wade
Foundry Microsoft
Webdings sample.

Webdings is a TrueType dingbat typeface 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. All of the Webding glyphs that are not unifiable with existing Unicode characters were added to the Unicode Standard when version 7.0 was released in June 2014.[1]

Symbol Types[edit]

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).

An unusual character in the font was the "man in business suit levitating," a humanized exclamation point. The inclusion of the character was a nod to the logo of 2 Tone Records.[2]

New York City[edit]

The "NYC" symbols typed out in Wingdings

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".[3] 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.[3][4]

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