Adobe and Google Launch Asian Font Family


    Adobe has teamed up with Google to release a new Asian OpenType font set that spans Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, according to The Next Web. The Adobe font, called Source Han Sans , is the new open font for the Pan-CJK headset .

    Google simultaneously released its own version of this font, called Noto Sans CJK, as part of a plan to create its own Noto Pan-Unicode font family . Both font sets developed in collaboration are identical except for the name. In fact, they will serve 1.5 billion people - about a quarter of the world's population.

    The new font family is available in seven richness options, supports Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese - all in one font. It also includes Latin, Greek, and Cyrillic from the Adobe Source Sans family.


    “The design is relatively modern in style, but it has simple touches and is single-line, so that it makes text clear and readable on small devices such as tablets and smartphones,” said Nicole Minoza, Adobe Product Marketing Manager, “Because he without sans-serifs, it’s easy to apply - it’s well suited for one line of text or a short phrase, or what you can see in the program menu, or for longer lines of text in an e-book or print. ”

    Source Han Sans is available in the following styles: ExtraLight (super light), Light (light), Normal, Regular (normal), Medium (bold), Bold and Heavy (bold). Heavy and ExtraLight were developed manually, while the rest were created using software interpolation. In total, Adobe released 42 fonts, taking into account seven font styles and regionally specific subsets for screen and printing.

    Noto Sans CJK is also represented in seven styles: Thin (super-light), Light (light), DemiLight, Regular (normal), Medium (bold), Bold (bold) and Black (extra-bold). Each font style in the family has a total of 65,535 characters (the maximum number of characters supported in the OpenType format), and the entire family contains half a million characters.

    The project was developed over four years and was the result of international cooperation between five companies: Adobe, Google and design bureaus from Japan, China and Korea. The creators of the project say that for the first time a family of fonts of this scale was released under an open license and became available for designers, developers and ordinary users.

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