New Google fonts

New Google fonts

“Documents without font choices are like photographs without colors. Just as shades of color can add depth to a picture, smart font choices give your text another dimension,” says Google software engineer Jeremie Lenfant-Engelmann. And in light of that comment, Google has announced the addition of six new fonts for Google Docs that will make documents more appealing and easier to access. 

Lenfant-Engelmann says the fonts people see when they browse the web have traditionally been limited because you could only use a font that had already been installed on your computer. “So if a website designer wanted all her visitors to see the same thing, she could only use fonts that are so ubiquitous that the chances are very high that every computer will have them. And there are only a handful of fonts that fit that bill.” 

In May, Google launched the Google Font API, which makes it easier for website developers to include any one of the ever-growing list of web fonts on their pages. Font API means that using these fonts on web pages is almost as easy as using the standard set of “web-safe” fonts that come installed on most computers The company is already using the new API for the latest themes in Google forms.

The six new fonts announced announced by Google (using the Google Font API)  are Droid Serif, Droid Sans, Calibri , Cambria, 
Consolas and Corsiva. 

You can expect more to be released over the next few months.

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