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Google's gone to great effort to remove language as a barrier from communication on the web with its continually evolving translation technologies, and along a similar vein it just released a new open-source font called Noto, a single typeface family that "aims to support all languages with a harmonious look and feel." It supports more than 800 languages and 100 writing scripts. Noto is a massive undertaking, but one deemed necessary by Google. It's 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... Read more...
Could the choice of font used in your vehicle's front dash kill you? Potentially yes, say researchers. That sort of claim is going to require some explanation, so let's hop - err, drive - to it. The conclusion was reached thanks to the joint study conducted by AgeLab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Monotype Imaging Holding Inc., a typeface vendor. The goal was to see if certain fonts could require more time than others to read and comprehend. The test utilized two different typefaces - one, a flat, "grotesque" font, the other more "humanist". I admit that I figured the "grotesque" font would be easier to read given its clean lines, but that wasn't the conclusion reached. Instead,... Read more...
In what can only be termed "incredibly ironic" due to the way China and Chinese firms are usually portrayed with regards to intellectual property (IP), a Chinese firm has sued Blizzard over alleged use of its fonts in World of Warcraft. Founder Electronics is asking for compensation of 100 million yuan for the alleged infringement - the largest amount claimed by a Chinese company in a copyright case.It alleges its fonts were illegally used in Blizzard's popular online game World of Warcraft. Founder Electronics is one of China's oldest computer companies, and is a major developer of Chinese fonts.  Meanwhile, Chinese players account for approximately 40% of WoW players.  Since joining... Read more...