Fonts News

This page presents recent news about fonts. This is also the home page of the font pages listed in the lighter blue menu bar above.

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NB: some fonts are free for personal use, but not for commercial use; if you use a free font for a website, make sure it is free for commercial use … and make sure by checking the copyright information in the font files, many sources of ‘free’ fonts down­load font files which are not truly free for commercial use, or which may not be embedded.

NB: when downloading fonts, you should download the latest versions; but it is very hard to determine which version is the most recent, because font sources rarely publish update dates, and because font version numbers/​vectors are rarely updated; if the font is available on Google fonts, for example, there is a very good chance that the font is out-of-date; if the font is available on GitHub, on the other hand, the font is likely up-to-date.

NB: coding fonts reported here in the font news sidebar should be monospace in the re­gular weight; header fonts should have regu­lar, bold, & extra­bold (or black) weights; body fonts should have regular, semi­bold, & bold weights.

NB: a font is deemed a ‘basic’ if it has regular & bold weights, b ‘good’ if regular, semi­bold, & bold weights, c ‘great’ if regular, semi­bold, bold, & extra­bold (or black) weights, and d ‘rich’ if 9 or more weights.

NB: one downside to using free fonts is that, unlike software updates, it can be hard to learn when font updates appear. Font makers rarely update font version numbers/​vectors. And font news sources may not always report updates, or report them in a timely manner.

 

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