Monday, April 9, 2012

Stop the presses: Wingdings has a use!

I've known about the Wingdings font for nearly 20 years first seeing it in Windows 3.1. As children we thought ourselves insanely clever when we used it as a cipher to leave secret messages on the computer. Since that time Wingdings has been naught but the butt of jokes and an annoyance that would occasionally get accidentally selected and screw up projects. Today, however, for the first time I found an actual good use for it. I needed to add a dotted line with scissors icon to a project to indicate that the page ought to be cut out of the booklet. As it turns out the octothorpe character (shift-3, #) is a scissors icon in Wingdings! Today is truly a historic day in the history of all dings and the wing variety in particular.

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