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Google Fonts (previously called Google Web Fonts) is a library of 1020 free licensed font families, an interactive web directory for browsing the library, and APIs for conveniently using the fonts via CSS and Android.
The catalog was launched in 2010 and revamped in 2011, 2016, and 2020. Most of the fonts are released under the SIL Open Font License 1.1, while some are released under the Apache License; both are libre licenses. The font library is also distributed by Monotype's SkyFonts and Adobe's Edge Web Fonts and Adobe Fonts (formerly Typekit) services.
The Google Fonts catalog is intended to enable font discovery and exploration, and the service is used extensively with over 41 trillion total font views. Popular fonts include Roboto, Open Sans, Lato, Oswald, Montserrat, Source Sans Pro, and Raleway.
The library is maintained through Google Fonts' GitHub repository at github
In 2018, webmasters in Germany received warning letters from lawyers claiming that loading Google Fonts directly from Google servers was not in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation.
On May 9, 2019, Google announced they would support the 'font-display' CSS parameter.
On March 3, 2020, Google updated the catalog website with support for Variable fonts, and a blue color scheme with improved accessibility. By August 2020, Google had over 50 variable font families.
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