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New Multilingual Font Offerings from Agfa Monotype

Press release from the issuing company

March 12, 2001 (Wilmington, MA.) Agfa Monotype, a leading provider of fonts and font technologies, announced today that they have added a number of Indic typeface designs to their WorldType multilingual typeface library. Both of the major computing platforms, Macintosh and Windows, continue to increase their multilingual capabilities, including the ability to support an expanding range of Indic languages as part of their operating systems. To keep pace with this growth, a total of (60) new typeface designs have been added across the nine major Indic scripts (Devanagari, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Gujerati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam and Oriya) to Agfa Monotype's WorldType library. Part of Agfa Monotype's long history involves the years that Monotype Typography was a British company. Subsequently, the British presence in India during the first half of the 20th century contributed to the excellent coverage of all major Indic scripts in Monotype Typography's multilingual font library. Though the library satisfied the breadth of Indic scripts, it lacked a sufficient variety of typeface styles. "In order to support the growing demand for Indian typefaces on computer systems, we have felt the need to further extend the stylistic variety of our collection," said Kamal Mansour, Manager of Non-Latin Fonts at Agfa Monotype. "To achieve this goal, we have licensed a large number of typefaces from ITR in Pune, India, for inclusion in our WorldType Unicode font library. Known for its high quality and its broad range of native designs, the ITR Type Library was a natural fit." Unicode has made it possible to represent text from all major Indian languages in a standard code. Agfa Monotype's WorldType font library is a proven, flexible approach to creating multilingual, Unicode conformant fonts for hardware and software developers. WorldType's modular solutions have made it possible to support a range of languages within the developer's products. Either single font modules that contain all the required language support, or multiple font modules each containing specific scripts, can be "plugged-in" to a product to provide globalized support. Agfa Monotype has supplied WorldType fonts to organizations such as Alis, Apple, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Microsoft, Sybase, Sun Microsystems, and the United States Department of Defense, among others.

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