Wikipedia was forced to block the public editing on its Calibri font page, after a plethora of edit requests were received after allegations that Maryam Nawaz had handed over forged documents in the font to the JIT surfaced.
One day after the JIT probing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s alleged offshore wealth released its report stating that a document handed over by Maryam Nawaz was most likely forged since it was written in Microsoft’s Calibri font–which did not exist for public use at the time– the Wikipedia page on Calibri received 35 revisions.
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.