Adobe, Google Report Digital Type Breakthrough
Adobe (NASDAQ: ADBE) today announced the release of Source Han Sans, an open
source typeface supporting Japanese, Chinese and Korean, as well as Latin,
Greek and Cyrillic alphabets. It was developed in collaboration with Adobe's
key partner Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and contracted foundry partners across East Asia (Changzhou
SinoType, Iwata Corporation, and Sandoll Communication). Source Han Sans marks
a record-breaking typeface in terms of size, scale, complexity and support for
Japanese, Chinese and Korean all within the same font family. It provides
designers and developers creating content for international audiences one
uniform font to use in print and Web files no matter the language -
eliminating the need to license multiple fonts.
First Open Source Typeface to Support Chinese, Japanese and Korean in One
While the Japanese kanji, Chinese hanzi and Korean hanja characters share
historical derivation, the typefaces have typically been individually created
to support each language, with separate sets for Traditional and Simplified
Chinese. Source Han Sans marks the first open source font family to support
each of the languages, as well as regional variants, within the same font
family, supporting languages spoken by 1.5 billion people.
* Source Han Sans supports Japanese, Traditional Chinese (including Taiwan
and Hong Kong SAR), Simplified Chinese, and Korean (with hangul
syllables), as well as Greek, Latin and Cyrillic alphabets.
* Source Han Sans is available in seven weights in full fonts, as well as
region-specific subsets, equaling a total of 42 typefaces, designed for
screen devices and print.
Web Leaders Collaborate on Largest-Ever Open Source Font
In order to account for all regional variations, Adobe, in collaboration with
Google and foundry partners Changzhou SinoType, Iwata Corporation, and Sandoll
Communication, designed 65,535 glyphs for each font, the maximum number for
the OpenType format. The development and design took more than three years,
with a team of more than 100 people, motivated by a common goal to help unify
the international design and development communities.
Dr. Ken Lunde, senior computer scientist, CJKV Type Development, Adobe
"Before today, designers and developers building websites or applications
intended to support or display content in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean would
need to license multiple fonts of different designs in order to convey correct
content to their target audiences - this is both a time-intensive and
cost-ineffective process. The development of Source Han Sans was the most
extensive and complex in our 30 years of font development at Adobe, and would
not have been feasible without the collaboration of Google and our foundry
partners. We are incredibly pleased to introduce a typeface that streamlines
the workflow for content creators as well as enriches the experience of users,
particularly those in East Asia."
Linus Upson, VP, engineering at Google
"We're excited to release Noto Sans CJK* — a new open source font for Chinese,
Japanese, and Korean. This new addition to the Noto family is a major step
towards complete coverage of all languages. Noto Sans CJK is the result of a
joint development by Adobe, Google, and our in-country foundry partners, and
provides harmonious text for Chrome OS and many other Google products."
* Google is releasing this font under the name Noto Sans CJK as part of their
Noto pan-Unicode font family.
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