Seven new Fonts families added to Google Web Fonts, along with a new tool to compare similar fonts, and an early access program to get feedback on non-latin scripts in development.
As the number of fonts in Google Web Fonts continues to grow, it's becoming harder to select the right font from among many potential choices. To make this process easier, "you can now easily compare two fonts side by side using the new comparison tool," Google stated.
Just add a few fonts to your collection, select Review, and click on the Compare tab at the top. "You can then overlay glyphs from each font on top of each other, and use the slider to transition between fonts to see the differences between them more clearly," Google explained.
To help make fonts look better in more places, Google adding more families in Google Web Fonts, including "ttfautohint project," which automates this process and is used by Amarante, Capriola, Courgette, and Quando.
Now, you can also use Metal Mania. Adobe has also contributed its first open source type family "Source Sans Pro."
Non-latin fonts can be more complex than latin fonts, "both as designs and as font software," which often require more time to develop and polish. The designers of these fonts may not be native readers, Google is looking for feedback to help improveming the fonts.
You can try them out by downloading them from the Google Web Fonts early access page.
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an important House Concurrent Resolution aimed at ensuring the Internet remains an open, stable, and global platform for economic growth, innovation, and cultural and civic discourse.
"By passing this resolution, the U.S. Government has recognized the Internet's critical role in growing the global economy, its unique status as a platform for innovation, and the success of multistakeholder model that lies at the heart of its governance," wrote Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist.
This December, "the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a United Nations organization conducting a review of the international agreements governing telecommunications, and some member countries see the ITU conference as an opportunity to expand the ITU's regulatory authority to reach the Internet."
Applications for the 2013 Google RISE (Roots in Science and Engineering) Awards is now open. Also, the RISE Awards have now expanded to include applicants from Latin America and the Asia Pacific region, bringing the total to six continents and 243 countries.
"Google RISE Awards are designed to promote and support education initiatives in two key areas: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and Computer Science (CS). For this, Google grants awards of $5,000 - $25,000 USD to organizations around the world working with K-12 and university students in these fields," Google explained.
Those interested can submit application by September 30, 2012. Awardees will be announced by January 2013.