• Daniyar Kylyzhov

TietoEVRY published a font that replaces offensive English words with neutral ones or retouches

At the end of August 2020, TietoEVRY published the "The Polite Type" font in the public domain. When using it, if the user types offensive English words or expressions, the characters on the screen will be replaced with neutral phrases or presented as a retouched picture.

“The Polite Type” is a TrueType (.ttf) font. The developers have made the font itself publicly available, as well as the source code of the script and the current dictionary, which is used to replace characters in the text. Now this dictionary (file discrimination.xlsx) contains almost 2 thousand lines with various abusive expressions and words. The developers are finalizing and updating it as the necessary additions appear. TietoEVRY said that the font can work in any modern text editor. Also, after installation on the user's system on a PC, for example, for writing text, the font can work both offline and online.

On thepolitetype.com website, you can check how the font works online by simply entering words or phrases in a special form.

The purpose of this development, according to the authors of the project, is not censorship, but counteraction to network harassment and insults of users, including cyberbullying, when writing comments or messages in various mobile applications or web forms of social services.

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