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Google releases an open source font that supports 800 languages

October 11th, 2016 |  Published in General Technology, Google and the World  |  2 Comments

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11 October 2016 – Google has been working on the project over the past five years in collaboration with Monotype in hopes of eradicating so-called “tofu” — the blank boxes you see when a PC or website can’t display a particular text — from the web. Noto, or No more tofu, is Google’s answer, and it’s available now to download.

Said Scott Landers, president and CEO of Monotype:

“We are thrilled to have played such an important role in what has become one of the most significant type projects of all time. Monotype played the biggest role, though Google also collaborated with Adobe and had a network of volunteer reviewers. As far as Monotype is concerned, Noto is one of the expansive typography projects ever undertaken”.

There’s 110,000 characters, and Google says the project “required design and technical testing in hundreds of languages.”

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