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.
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.
- 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
Scientific and Technical Information Exchange (STIX) Fonts project proposed by Arie de Ruiter of Elsevier
Each STI Pub company assembles list of all required characters/glyphs
American Mathematical Society accepts invitation to join STI Pub group and sponsor submission to Unicode of mathematical symbols and alphabets
MathML released as proposed recommendation; documentation refers to STIX Fonts as being needed for full rendering support
STIX math characters proposal submitted to Unicode
Revised STIX math proposal submitted to Unicode
Unicode accepts mathematical alphabet proposal
STI Pub companies issue RFP to create stixfonts
Unicode accepts mathematical symbols proposal
MicroPress selected as font designer for STIX Fonts Project
First monthly delivery from MicroPress (Math Fraktur and Ux0100 range)
Unicode 3.2 released, containing most proposed STIX symbols and alphabets
MicroPress delivers glyphs (math ranges Ux2900 and Ux2A00) that mark half-way point in design project
STIX Fonts alpha test released for testing by STI Pub companies and selected software vendors
Unicode 4.0 issued, incorporating additional STIX Fonts characters
Submission database created to track submissions
Initial submission review completed; request for final 506 glyphs submitted to MicroPress. STIX Fonts TRC working group assigns tasks required for completion
27th and 28th of planned 30 deliveries received from MicroPress
December 2005-January 2006
29th and 30th delivery received from MicroPress
31st delivery received from MicroPress
32nd (Final) delivery received from MicroPress. Build of OpenType beta test fontset begins
Review of all submissions begins
Design review completed
Packaging for beta test completed
Beta test of OpenType STIX Fonts ends
Target for production release established
STIX Fonts Version 1.0 released
STIX Fonts Version 1.1.0-beta1 released
STIX Fonts Version 1.1.0 released
STIX Fonts Version 1.1.0-latex-beta released
STIX Fonts Version 1.1.0-latex and STIX Fonts Version 1.1.1-word released
STIX Fonts Version 1.1.1-webfonts released
STIX Fonts Version 2.0.0 released
STIX Fonts Version 2.0.0 Type 1 Postscript fonts released
STIX Fonts Version 2.0.1 released!
Step 1: Download
STIX fonts are available for download at https://github.com/stipub/stixfonts. The current version consists of 5 OpenType font files:
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:
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
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.