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Serio Advanced Member

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#1 4 years ago

Google has just released Noto(No More Tofu) to the public. It's the result of a five year cooperation between Google and Monotype to build a massive, single font with as wide a support as possible. At the current time, Noto supports 110000 different characters and 110 writing systems, including some that are extinct now. Also of import is the fact that this is the first time Urdu Nastaliq has been digitalised.

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#2 4 years ago

Sounds interesting but what's the practical application of it?




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#3 4 years ago

Practical? Good looking font that's regularly updated so you don't end up seeing tofus all over the place. Potential replacement for Arial and Times New Roman, if adopted by enough.




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#4 4 years ago

When do you ever see tofus, unless you browse a lot of weird and wonderful websites?


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#5 4 years ago

Shut up and let me have my fontwank.




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#6 4 years ago

Don't get me wrong, it sounds like a good idea, but in the same way Esperanto sounds like a good idea as a language.

I just don't see it catching on.


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#7 4 years ago

If you use the range of characters the font supports you're going to inflict tofus on anyone who doesn't have it installed. A bit of an obscure concern maybe, but one that is directly proportional to the utility of the size of the font's character set.

That aside, I suspect it's going to live or die on the same grounds as other fonts.




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#8 4 years ago

"FileTrekker"Don't get me wrong, it sounds like a good idea, but in the same way Esperanto sounds like a good idea as a language.

I just don't see it catching on.

It's not particularly useful for those that don't browse international websites, I suppose. But if you're multi-lingual, having a single font that supports kanji and numerous other languages is actually a good thing. 




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#9 4 years ago

People still commonly use Arial and NTR (if they have any control over font selection)? First thing  I did in highschool was not to use Arial since sticking to the default is wrong, used NTR for a while untill I realized that this font is not very pleasing to the eye. Used various other fonts since. 

A default font that supports many writings is useful. I remember that I had to install Thai with Windows XP (W8 and 10 support it by default I think). So I can imagen how annoying it is that modern and some classic languages do not have global font support. 




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#10 4 years ago

I installed and have been using Noto on mIRC all day. It's actually really nice. Very easy to read, very good spacing and pleasant symbols. Definitely gonna stick with it for a while.