Noto fonts

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Noto
Noto Sans & Serif.tiff
Classification Sans-serif (humanist); serif (transitional); non-Latin
Commissioned by Google
Date created 2012–2014
Date released 2013
License SIL Open Font License
Website www.google.com/get/noto/

Noto is a font family comprising over a hundred individual fonts, which are together designed to cover all the scripts encoded in the Unicode standard. As of October 2016 Noto fonts cover all 93 scripts defined in Unicode version 6.0 (released 2010), although less than 30,000 of the nearly 75,000 CJK unified ideographs in version 6.0 are covered. In total Noto fonts cover nearly 64,000 characters, which is under half of the 136,755 characters defined in Unicode 10.0 (released in June 2017).

The Noto family is designed with the goal of achieving visual harmony (e.g., compatible heights and stroke thicknesses) across multiple languages/scripts. Commissioned by Google, the font is licensed under the SIL Open Font License.[1] Until September 2015, the fonts were under the Apache License 2.0.[2]

Etymology[edit]

When text is rendered by a computer, sometimes there will be characters in the text that can not be displayed, because no font that supports them is available to the computer. When this occurs, small boxes are shown to represent the characters. In slang those small boxes have sometimes been called "tofu". Noto as in no tofu, aims to remove tofu from the Web.[3] See also mojibake, which results from encoding issues.

Characteristics[edit]

Source Han Sans, the Adobe/Google collaboration rebadged as Noto Sans CJK for East Asian scripts
Color emoji from Noto Emoji Project.

List of Noto fonts[edit]

As of 8 October 2016 there are 114 Noto fonts, of which 95 are sans-serif style, 13 are serif style, and six fonts are not classified as serif or sans-serif. The Noto Color Emoji font only works under Android and Linux, and cannot be installed under macOS or Microsoft Windows.[7]

These fonts cover 93 out of the 139 scripts defined in Unicode version 10.0 (released in June 2017), as well as various syllables and emoji which do not belong to a specific script. All scripts encoded up to Unicode version 6.0 (released October 2010) are covered by Noto fonts, although not all characters defined in Unicode version 6.0 are covered. In particular, only about 30,000 of the 74,616 CJK unified ideographs defined in Unicode version 6.0 are covered by Noto fonts. None of the 46 scripts encoded between Unicode version 6.1 and 10.0 are covered by Noto fonts, although some symbols, emoji, and characters added to existing scripts after version 6.0 are covered. It is a design goal for 'Phase 3' to cover all characters in Unicode version 9.0 except for CJK unified ideographs outside the Basic Multilingual Plane.[8]

The Noto Symbols font includes a large variety of symbols, including alchemical signs, dingbats, numbers and letters enclosed in circles for lists, playing cards, domino and Mahjong tiles, chess piece icons, Greek, Byzantine and regular musical symbols and arrow symbols. Among mathematical symbols, it includes blackboard bold glyphs, mathematical sans-serif font modelled on Helvetica, Fraktur and script fonts, hexagram and Aegean numerals.

Font face Version Styles Characters Glyphs Unicode scripts
Noto Color Emoji Regular Emoji
Noto Emoji 1.05 uh Regular 887 888 Emoji
Noto Kufi Arabic 1.04 Regular
Bold
473 762 (regular)
763 (bold)
Arabic (Kufic style)
Noto Mono 1.00 Regular 875 897 Latin, Greek, Cyrillic
Noto Naskh Arabic 1.06 Regular
Bold
1122 1533 (regular)
1540 (bold)
Arabic (Naskh style)
Noto Nastaliq Urdu 1.02 uh Regular 267 1133 Arabic (Nastaʿlīq style)
Noto Sans 1.06 Regular
Italic
Bold
Bold Italic
2188 2416 Latin, Greek, Cyrillic
Noto Sans Armenian 2.03 Regular
Bold
97 98 Armenian
Noto Sans Avestan 1.04 uh Regular 70 73 Avestan
Noto Sans Balinese 1.03 uh Regular 130 182 Balinese
Noto Sans Bamum 1.03 uh Regular 662 661 Bamum
Noto Sans Batak 1.05 uh Regular 61 61 Batak
Noto Sans Bengali 1.03 Regular
Bold
153 577 Bengali
Noto Sans Brahmi 1.03 uh Regular 113 182 Brahmi
Noto Sans Buginese 1.05 uh Regular 40 63 Buginese
Noto Sans Buhid 1.03 uh Regular 27 39 Buhid
Noto Sans Canadian Aboriginal 1.03 uh Regular 722 744 Canadian Aboriginal syllabics
Noto Sans Carian 1.05 uh Regular 54 53 Carian
Noto Sans Cham 1.02 Regular
Bold
119 127 Cham
Noto Sans Cherokee 1.03 uh Regular 90 89 Cherokee
Noto Sans CJK JP 1.004 Thin
Light
DemiLight
Regular
Medium
Bold
Black
44683 65535 CJK (Japanese style)
Hangul
Hiragana
Katakana
Bopomofo
Noto Sans CJK KR 1.004 Thin
Light
DemiLight
Regular
Medium
Bold
Black
44683 65535 CJK (Korean style)
Hangul
Hiragana
Katakana
Bopomofo
Noto Sans CJK SC 1.004 Thin
Light
DemiLight
Regular
Medium
Bold
Black
44683 65535 CJK (Simplified Chinese style)
Hangul
Hiragana
Katakana
Bopomofo
Noto Sans CJK TC 1.004 Thin
Light
DemiLight
Regular
Medium
Bold
Black
44683 65535 CJK (Traditional Chinese style)
Hangul
Hiragana
Katakana
Bopomofo
Noto Sans Coptic 1.03 uh Regular 159 192 Coptic
Noto Sans Cuneiform 1.05 uh Regular 987 986 Cuneiform
Noto Sans Cypriot 1.03 uh Regular 60 59 Cypriot
Noto Sans Deseret 1.02 uh Regular 85 84 Deseret
Noto Sans Devanagari 1.06 Regular
Bold
265 901 (regular)
906 (bold)
Devanagari
Noto Sans Egyptian Hieroglyphs 1.04 uh Regular 1076 1075 Egyptian hieroglyphs
Noto Sans Ethiopic 1.08 Regular
Bold
500 559 Ethiopic
Noto Sans Georgian 1.06 Regular
Bold
127 127 Georgian
Noto Sans Glagolitic 1.04 uh Regular 99 98 Glagolitic
Noto Sans Gothic 1.03 uh Regular 38 43 Gothic
Noto Sans Gujarati 1.03 Regular
Bold
155 741 (regular)
740 (bold)
Gujarati
Noto Sans Gurmukhi 1.03 Regular
Bold
151 301 Gurmukhi
Noto Sans Hanunoo 1.04 uh Regular 28 43 Hanunoo
Noto Sans Hebrew 1.04 Regular
Bold
144 155 Hebrew
Noto Sans Imperial Aramaic 1.03 uh Regular 36 35 Imperial Aramaic
Noto Sans Inscriptional Pahlavi 1.02 uh Regular 32 34 Inscriptional Pahlavi
Noto Sans Inscriptional Parthian 1.03 uh Regular 35 45 Inscriptional Parthian
Noto Sans Javanese 1.06 uh Regular 100 186 Javanese
Noto Sans Kaithi 1.05 uh Regular 101 314 Kaithi
Noto Sans Kannada 1.04 Regular
Bold
147 451 Kannada
Noto Sans Kayah Li 1.02 uh Regular 53 54 Kayah Li
Noto Sans Kharoshthi 1.03 uh Regular 70 133 Kharoshthi
Noto Sans Khmer 1.03 Regular
Bold
192 265 Khmer
Noto Sans Lao 1.03 Regular
Bold
120 166 Lao
Noto Sans Lepcha 1.03 uh Regular 80 1471 Lepcha
Noto Sans Limbu 1.05 uh Regular 73 73 Limbu
Noto Sans Linear B 1.04 uh Regular 273 272 Linear B
Noto Sans Lisu 1.03 uh Regular 55 54 Lisu
Noto Sans Lycian 1.04 uh Regular 34 33 Lycian
Noto Sans Lydian 1.03 uh Regular 32 31 Lydian
Noto Sans Malayalam 1.04 Regular
Bold
161 318 Malayalam
Noto Sans Mandaic 1.02 uh Regular 35 128 Mandaic
Noto Sans Meetei Mayek 1.04 uh Regular 84 91 Meetei Mayek
Noto Sans Mongolian 1.04 uh Regular 200 1511 Mongolian script
Noto Sans Mono CJK JP 1.004 Regular
Bold
44683 65535 CJK (Japanese style)
Hangul
Hiragana
Katakana
Bopomofo
Noto Sans Mono CJK KR 1.004 Regular
Bold
44683 65535 CJK (Korean style)
Hangul
Hiragana
Katakana
Bopomofo
Noto Sans Mono CJK SC 1.004 Regular
Bold
44683 65535 CJK (Simplified Chinese style)
Hangul
Hiragana
Katakana
Bopomofo
Noto Sans Mono CJK TC 1.004 Regular
Bold
44683 65535 CJK (Traditional Chinese style)
Hangul
Hiragana
Katakana
Bopomofo
Noto Sans Myanmar 1.10 Regular
Bold
198 540 (regular)
541 (bold)
Myanmar
Noto Sans New Tai Lue 1.05 uh Regular 88 91 New Tai Lue
Noto Sans NKo 1.02 uh Regular 76 174 NKo
Noto Sans Ogham 1.04 uh Regular 34 33 Ogham
Noto Sans Ol Chiki 1.03 uh Regular 53 52 Ol Chiki
Noto Sans Old Italic 1.02 uh Regular 40 39 Old Italic
Noto Sans Old Persian 1.04 uh Regular 55 54 Old Persian
Noto Sans Old South Arabian 1.03 uh Regular 37 36 Old South Arabian
Noto Sans Old Turkic 1.02 uh Regular 78 77 Old Turkic
Noto Sans Oriya 1.01 Regular
Bold
151 671 Oriya
Noto Sans Osmanya 1.03 uh Regular 45 44 Osmanya
Noto Sans Phags Pa 1.03 uh Regular 97 382 Phags-pa
Noto Sans Phoenician 1.04 uh Regular 34 33 Phoenician
Noto Sans Rejang 1.05 uh Regular 42 41 Rejang
Noto Sans Runic 1.02 uh Regular 86 85 Runic
Noto Sans Samaritan 1.03 uh Regular 67 67 Samaritan
Noto Sans Saurashtra 1.04 uh Regular 89 93 Saurashtra
Noto Sans Shavian 1.03 uh Regular 53 52 Shavian
Noto Sans Sinhala 1.03 Regular
Bold
140 614 Sinhala
Noto Sans Sundanese 1.05 uh Regular 77 79 Sundanese
Noto Sans Syloti Nagri 1.04 uh Regular 68 85 Syloti Nagri
Noto Sans Symbols 1.09 uh Regular 5151 5356 Symbols, including Braille
Noto Sans Syriac Eastern 1.04 uh Regular 151 319 Syriac (Eastern style)
Noto Sans Syriac Estrangela 1.04 uh Regular 151 306 Syriac (Estrangela style)
Noto Sans Syriac Western 1.04 uh Regular 151 313 Syriac (Western style)
Noto Sans Tagalog 1.03 uh Regular 27 26 Tagalog
Noto Sans Tagbanwa 1.04 uh Regular 25 24 Tagbanwa
Noto Sans Tai Le 1.04 uh Regular 61 66 Tai Le
Noto Sans Tai Tham 1.04 uh Regular 137 232 Tai Tham
Noto Sans Tai Viet 1.03 uh Regular 82 81 Tai Viet
Noto Sans Tamil 1.07 Regular
Bold
139 215 (regular)
216 (bold)
Tamil
Noto Sans Telugu 1.05 Regular
Bold
154 762 Telugu
Noto Sans Thaana 1.02 Regular
Bold
91 95 Thaana
Noto Sans Thai 1.04 Regular
Bold
100 108 Thai
Noto Sans Tibetan 1.01 Regular
Bold
221 1296 Tibetan
Noto Sans Tifinagh 1.05 uh Regular 72 101 Tifinagh
Noto Sans Ugaritic 1.02 uh Regular 36 35 Ugaritic
Noto Sans Vai 1.02 uh Regular 305 304 Vai
Noto Sans Yi 1.02 uh Regular 1251 1251 Yi
Noto Serif 1.06
1.07 (italic)
Regular
Italic
Bold
Bold Italic
2188 2414 Latin, Greek, Cyrillic
Noto Serif Armenian 2.03 Regular
Bold
97 98 Armenian
Noto Serif Bengali 1.01 Regular
Bold
154 591 Bengali
Noto Serif CJK JP 1.000 ExtraLight
Light
Regular
Medium
SemiBold
Bold
Black
43027 65535 CJK (Japanese style)
Hangul
Hiragana
Katakana
Bopomofo
Noto Serif CJK KR 1.000 ExtraLight
Light
Regular
Medium
SemiBold
Bold
Black
43027 65535 CJK (Korean style)
Hangul
Hiragana
Katakana
Bopomofo
Noto Serif CJK SC 1.000 ExtraLight
Light
Regular
Medium
SemiBold
Bold
Black
43027 65535 CJK (Simplified Chinese style)
Hangul
Hiragana
Katakana
Bopomofo
Noto Serif CJK TC 1.000 ExtraLight
Light
Regular
Medium
SemiBold
Bold
Black
43027 65535 CJK (Traditional Chinese style)
Hangul
Hiragana
Katakana
Bopomofo
Noto Serif Devanagari 1.01 Regular
Bold
265 716 (regular)
715 (bold)
Devanagari
Noto Serif Georgian 1.06 Regular
Bold
127 127 Georgian
Noto Serif Gujarati 1.01 Regular
Bold
155 476 Gujarati
Noto Serif Kannada 1.01 Regular
Bold
148 439 Kannada
Noto Serif Khmer 1.03 Regular
Bold
186 378 Khmer
Noto Serif Lao 1.03 Regular
Bold
120 166 Lao
Noto Serif Malayalam 1.01 Regular
Bold
163 240 Malayalam
Noto Serif Tamil 1.01 Regular
Bold
139 194 Tamil
Noto Serif Telugu 1.01 Regular
Bold
154 672 Telugu
Noto Serif Thai 1.04 Regular
Bold
100 108 Thai

The following 46 Unicode scripts (all defined in Unicode version 6.1 through 10.0) are currently not supported by any Noto font:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Noto Font". Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Add NEWS for license change - googlei18n/noto-fonts". Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  3. ^ Mizra, Tanvi. "Can Google Build A Typeface To Support Every Written Language?". NPR. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Noto Sans font specimen". Google Fonts. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  5. ^ Nathan Willis (1 October 2014). "Google and Adobe's pan-CJK open font". LWN.net. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "Guidelines for Using Noto". Google Noto Fonts. Retrieved 7 October 2016. Currently, the Latin characters in the CJK fonts are from Adobe’s Source Sans Pro 
  7. ^ "Noto Color Emoji". Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions: What are Google's plans for Noto (so called "Phase 3")?". Retrieved 8 October 2010. 

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