Chronicle format-new fonts used
Chronicle Editor @ Dec 31, 2008
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We are pleased to announce formatting of fonts from this issue. We shall be using “Frutiger” fonts. It will be in size 12, which is easier to read. The color of the fonts shall be soft black, i.e. 25% lighter as per latest MS Word color palette. This is soothing to the eyes compared to natural black.

The most commonly used fonts in everyday typing are Times New Roman and Arial. However, these fonts are not very clear and some of the letters can be easily get mixed-up while reading. On the other hand, San Serif fonts, are clear in reading and divine looking.

Frutiger fonts are derived from the more exotic Frutinger fonts. Both belong to the class of san serif fonts. In typography, a sans-serif or sans serif typeface is one that does not have the small features called "serifs" at the end of strokes. The term comes from the French word sans, meaning "without". That means there is no confusion between “g” and “q”; between “t” and “i”, for example.

Frutiger is a sans-serif typeface by the Swiss type designer Adrian Frutiger. It was commissioned in 1968 by the newly built Charles De Gaulle International Airport at Roissy, France, which needed a new directional sign system. Instead of using one of his previously designed typefaces, Frutiger chose to design a new one. The new typeface, originally called Roissy, was completed in 1975 and installed at the airport the same year. Frutiger is not your average cheap freeware font. Both Frutiger and Frutinger fonts are best among all the fonts available.

Both Frutiger and Frutinger fonts are owned by Linotype Company. Frutinger are very expensive to buy and hence only handful of govt. agencies and large corporations can afford it for publishing their literature, pamphlets, etc. On the other hand, Frutiger are lighter version of Frutinger, still with divine look. “Frutiger Linotype” can be downloaded free from various sources, including MS Reader. More details are provided in the discussion tread at:

If you do not have Frutiger font installed, you will view chronicle page in default san serif fonts.


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4 Comment(s) (The views expressed here are those of the commenters, and is not responsible for them.)
 Yogesh K Upadhyaya said:


The link was active few months ago. Now it is no longer working.

Still you can download Microsoft Reader from its official website:

MS reader is a free Microsoft program for Windows. After download is complete, you can open Frutiger fonts, which are provided free along with Reader program.


Yogesh K Upadhyaya
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January 17, 2009 6:18 PM
 Ketan Kothari said:

The download link does not work. Please update it to include a valid link.

January 15, 2009 5:05 PM
 Rohit said:

Thanks for enlightening us on fruity fonts. Maybe you would now consider using more widely available fonts. This is the most ridiculous explanation I have heard for using a particular font on a website.

January 13, 2009 5:52 PM

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