Google Font Directory – A Dive into

We’re closer to a better Web-OS these days. Fonts, Codecs and all the gems to come: Google Font Directory just started (official Google Blog Post).

To give developers a choice of high-quality fonts when using the Font API, we have created the Google Font Directory. There you can browse our catalog of available fonts, learn about the font designers who created them, and copy the code required to use them on your web page.

The fonts in the directory are all released under open source licenses; you can use them on any non-commercial or commercial project.

(Source: Google Font API)

That sounds interesting enough to get a first dive into it:

Licenses in the Google Font Directory

For the Licenses, those are the two I found in there in use:

Web Font Properties and Specifics

File-sizes are ranging from about 14kb up to 44kb per font. Those values are described as compressed. I wondered what that means.

Example: Lobster Font Analysis

You can visit the Google Font Directory (Link), it’s now online. There is an Web Font Loader as well, which might be helpful if you use javascript. It was co-authored with Typekit.

Via: Paul Irish / Details on the new Google Webfont API, he has some technical implementation details.

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2 Responses to Google Font Directory – A Dive into

  1. Denis says:

    The problem with these fonts is antialiasing under Win XP. See what happened with boing boing. Until XP is long gone, we’ll probably be stuck with boring Arial, Trebuchet, Georgia, etc.

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