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Here is Microsoft's official statement on the issue:
We can certainly understand how people would respond with some shock to this apparent issue. We did too when it first came up nine years ago and we investigated it thoroughly in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League. The conclusion was that the sequence in the Wingdings character set is coincidental and that there was no malicious intent. In fact, it impacted several software companies at the time and continues to do so. Unfortunately, there was not an easy way to fix the problem. We understand that this requires explanation.
At the simplest level, wingdings and webdings are much like an alphabet of characters and provide thousands of potential combinations from which a person could choose. Changing the character set would create an impact of unknown scale on existing data and code using the affected font. Again, using the example of the alphabet, what would happen to existing documents and applications if we switched around a handful of letters? The likely result is that we would create significant issues for people, cause some unintended humorous moments and several offensive ones. For that reason Wingdings has been left unaltered since its inception.
The last "coincidence" is strictly a manufactured one. Although typing the characters "Q33NY" using the Wingdings font does produce the string of images shown below [...]there was no flight "Q33NY" involved in the terrorist attack on New York City [...] nor does that string correspond to any airplane's tail number or any airline's flight number.
The numerous suggestions about what 'Q33' really does refer to (everything from a New York bus route to a verse from the Quran) merely highlight how easy it is to find significance in anything, meaningful or not.
Originally posted by syrinx high priest
could you kindly show a fair representstion of all of the possible combinations, and an analysis of the frequency of possible combinations with "meaning" ?
well, with thousands of combinations, maybe I'll just ask you to use all possible 911 connections, flight names, passenger names, terrorist names, ect.
This way we can judge if its a coincidence 3 combos out of thousands or if microsoft actaully knew 9 years earlier about 911, and intentionally imbedded coded messages into wingdings
[edit on 25-7-2005 by syrinx high priest]
Originally posted by The time lord