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Beautiful and free fonts for all languages

Imagine that there is no digital typeface for your native language. It would mean that your native language either has to be written in another language's script for you to access it online, or you wouldn't be able to access a written version online at all (unless someone posted it as a photograph--if you can see a photograph). Google set out to close this gap in a 5 year project that culminated in the creation of Noto.

Quoted text from: https://www.google.com/get/noto/

When text is rendered by a computer, sometimes characters are displayed as “tofu”. They are little boxes to indicate your device doesn’t have a font to display the text.

Google has been developing a font family called Noto, which aims to support all languages with a harmonious look and feel. Noto is Google’s answer to tofu. The name noto is to convey the idea that Google’s goal is to see “no more tofu”. Noto has multiple styles and weights, and is freely available to all. The comprehensive set of fonts and tools used in our development is available in our GitHub repositories.

All Noto fonts are now licensed under OFL. Read more updates

Here is a really amazing interview about the Noto project: Watch Video

PS Anyone who is into conlangs, you should check out the tumblog Dedalvs, it belongs to the person (David Peterson) who created Dothraki and Valyrian languages (Game of Thrones), Trigedaselng (The 100), and several others. That Tumblr blog is where I originally found the Noto video. It is full of nerdy language goodness.

For more about David Peterson, check out their Wikipedia Page

October 15, 2016

7 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Seanchai35

Thanks for posting this. Not only is it a great project, the video of how Google went about accomplishing it was fascinating to watch.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/afdsdasfafsdasdf

Thank you soo much! On my USB on the TV, we always use Chinese pinyin-lettering, and half of the symbols are tofu. It wasn't very convenient and it always confused us. Once, a whole title was in tofu! We always were thinking, 'Ugh, what is that?!'. Now, we have a solution to our problems! HOORAY!!! Thank you so much!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

I'm really excited that this post was able to have a positive impact! :D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SilverCharacter

Wow, what a wonderful project! Such talented and smart people behind this. I hope that this project will also result in more interest in dead and rare languages and interest in their community and culture.

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