Welcome to

stixfonts

The mission of the Scientific and Technical Information Exchange (STIX) font creation project is the preparation of a comprehensive set of fonts that serve the scientific and engineering community in the process from manuscript creation through final publication, both in electronic and print formats.

Toward this purpose, the STIX fonts will be made available, under royalty-free license, to anyone, including publishers, software developers, scientists, students, and the general public.

About stixfonts

Mission Statement

The mission of the Scientific and Technical Information Exchange (STIX) font creation project is the preparation of a comprehensive set of fonts that serve the scientific and engineering community in the process from manuscript creation through final publication, both in electronic and print formats. Toward this purpose, the STIX fonts will be made available, under royalty-free license, to anyone, including publishers, software developers, scientists, students, and the general public.

By making the fonts freely available, the STIX project hopes to encourage the development of applications that make use of these fonts.


The STIX Fonts project is an activity of the STI Pub companies.

Related sites

  • Adobe Solutions Network OpenType Developer
    Program site
  • Microsoft Typography site
  • Adobe OpenType site

Licensing

STIX fonts are available for download at https://github.com/stipub/stixfonts and distributed under the SIL Open Font License, Version 1.1

The license is available as a PDF file.

Fast Facts

  • The Fonts are based on the Unicode™ standard for character representation. By expressing all characters with their Unicode value, programs that you use will select the correct glyph for representation.
  • The Font contents were assembled from a list of every character/glyph required for publication in the journals of the participating STI Pub companies. Every scientific discipline is represented in this list, as well as many other fields from the arts and humanities. Unicode charts for the STIX Two fonts are available here.
  • All publishers are encouraged to download the STIX Fonts and consider using them in the publication process – both for print as well as online publication.
  • The STIX Fonts have been designed to work with all web browsers, word processors and other scholarly communications software, as well as all general purpose software.
  • Not all Unicode values are included in the STIX Fonts, but there is extensive coverage of Latin alphabets, Greek and Cyrillic.
  • Most of the glyphs in the STIX Fonts have been designed in Times-compatible style. Times was first designed under Stanley Morison’s direction by Victor Lardent at The London Times in 1932. Many variations of this design have been produced since the original.
  • In addition to Times-compatible glyphs, some portions of the STIX Fonts include other design styles such as sans-serif, monospace, Fraktur, Script, and calligraphic.

“…the STIX project has the potential to solve a problem that dates back to the 1400’s when Gutenberg first conceived of movable type.”

– The New York Times 11.7.2002

Project Timeline

Spring 1995

Scientific and Technical Information Exchange (STIX) Fonts project proposed by Arie de Ruiter of Elsevier

1995-1996

Each STI Pub company assembles list of all required characters/glyphs

1997

American Mathematical Society accepts invitation to join STI Pub group and sponsor submission to Unicode of mathematical symbols and alphabets

February 1998

MathML released as proposed recommendation; documentation refers to STIX Fonts as being needed for full rendering support

May 1998

STIX math characters proposal submitted to Unicode

June 1999

Revised STIX math proposal submitted to Unicode

September 1999

Unicode accepts mathematical alphabet proposal

November 1999

STI Pub companies issue RFP to create stixfonts

February 2000

Unicode accepts mathematical symbols proposal

June 2000

MicroPress selected as font designer for STIX Fonts Project

April 2001

First monthly delivery from MicroPress (Math Fraktur and Ux0100 range)

April 2002

Unicode 3.2 released, containing most proposed STIX symbols and alphabets

September 2002

MicroPress delivers glyphs (math ranges Ux2900 and Ux2A00) that mark half-way point in design project

August 2003

STIX Fonts alpha test released for testing by STI Pub companies and selected software vendors

October 2003

Unicode 4.0 issued, incorporating additional STIX Fonts characters

September 2004

Submission database created to track submissions

April-May 2005

Initial submission review completed; request for final 506 glyphs submitted to MicroPress. STIX Fonts TRC working group assigns tasks required for completion

July-August 2005

27th and 28th of planned 30 deliveries received from MicroPress

December 2005-January 2006

29th and 30th delivery received from MicroPress

March 2006

31st delivery received from MicroPress

July-August 2006

32nd (Final) delivery received from MicroPress. Build of OpenType beta test fontset begins

December 2006

Review of all submissions begins

June 2007

Design review completed

October-November 2007

Packaging for beta test completed

January 2008

Beta test of OpenType STIX Fonts ends

March 2008

Target for production release established

May 2010

STIX Fonts Version 1.0 released

October 2011

STIX Fonts Version 1.1.0-beta1 released

February 2012

STIX Fonts Version 1.1.0 released

February 2013

STIX Fonts Version 1.1.0-latex-beta released

May-June 2013

STIX Fonts Version 1.1.0-latex and STIX Fonts Version 1.1.1-word released

November 2013

STIX Fonts Version 1.1.1-webfonts released

December 2016

STIX Fonts Version 2.0.0 released

April 2018

STIX Fonts Version 2.0.0 Type 1 Postscript fonts released

April 2019

STIX Fonts Version 2.0.1 released!

How to install STIX fonts on your system

Step 1: Download

STIX fonts are available for download at https://github.com/stipub/stixfonts. The current version consists of 5 OpenType font files:

  • STIX2Math.otf
  • STIX2Text-Regular.otf
  • STIX2Text-Bold.otf
  • STIX2Text-Italic.otf
  • STIX2Text-BoldItalic.otf

Further licensing and release documentation is available at https://github.com/stipub/stixfonts/tree/master/docs

Step 2: Install the STIX fonts

The process to install OpenType fonts depends on your operating system. Here are some pointers that may be helpful:

Windows
Mac OS X

If you’re on a UNIX system, search the web for “install OpenType fonts” and the specific installation that you’re using.

For information on installing fonts in a TeX environment please visit: http://tug.org/fonts/fontinstall.html

Questions?

Please direct any questions or general comments to the STIX Fonts project. Bug reports and technical support issues should be reported through here.


STI Pub Companies

STI Pub is a consortium of publishers of mathematical, scientific, and technical books and journals. These organizations have come together to promote their common interests in the area of scientific and technical publishing, including the development of pre-competitive publishing standards and technologies.

Questions? Comments?

Please direct any questions or general comments to the STIX Fonts project.
Bug reports and technical issues should be reported through
http://github.com/stipub/stixfonts.