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Calibri designer reacts to Maryam Nawaz’s documents

SAMAA | - Posted: Jul 12, 2017 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
Posted: Jul 12, 2017 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
Calibri designer reacts to Maryam Nawaz’s documents

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ISLAMABAD: Following the JIT report was submitted to the Supreme Court on Monday (July 10), the Calibri font came into the limelight highlighting the forgery in documents presented by Maryam Nawaz.

According to local newspaper, the creator of Calibri font said the font in question was not available for public use at a time when Maryam Nawaz’s documents were showed to have been created.

Seeking comment on the issue, Dawn newspaper spoke to Calibri creator, Lucas de Groot, whose statement demonstrated that the documents of the PM’s daughter were faked.

Responding to the question if the font was available in February 2006 (when the document was signed) or earlier, Lieselotte Schäfer, a representative of his company LucasFonts said, “As discussed with Lucas, here is what we can say about the Calibri release dates: Lucas started designing Calibri in 2002 and sent the final source files to Microsoft not before March 2004.”

The company’s spokesman also said, “Early Windows betas are intended for programmers and technology freaks to see what works and what doesn’t.”

Commenting on the query if the font present in such a beta version of a software may have been used by whoever drafted the documents for Maryam Nawaz, Lieselotte Schäfer replied, “As the file size of such operating systems is huge, it would have been a serious effort to get.”

“As far as I know, the first public beta versions of Calibri were published in 2006. We do not know the exact date for this public release date [but] it is [still] extremely unlikely that somebody would copy fonts from a beta environment to use in official documents,” he added.

The first public beta version, according to a Wikipedia entry, was released on June 6, 2006 — close to four months after the papers were said to have been signed by Maryam Nawaz.

The explanation by Groot’s company sheds light on the fact that only people with exceptional capabilities usually subscribe to their use, seeing the fact that the beta versions are unfinished and in testing phase.

“Office 2007 was the first product officially using Calibri on a large scale,” the company’s statement continues.

“It was made available to volume license customers (resellers) on November 30, 2006, and later to retail on January 30, 2007, [at] the same [time as the] respective release dates of Windows Vista.”

Responding personally to the question separately, font designer de Groot said, “While in theory it would have been possible to create a document using Calibri in 2006, the font would have to be obtained 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?” he went on to question.

“If the person using Calibri was such a font lover that he or she had to use the new Calibri, then he or she should be able to prove that other documents were printed with Calibri in 2006, and these prints should be in the hands of other people as well,” he wrote his email addressed to the newspaper.

Commenting on the document signed by Maryam Nawaz, De Groot said it was “produced much later, when Calibri was the default font in MS Word”.

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