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Google Web Fonts Now Using MicroType Express Compression Format, Saving Approx. 15% in File Size

Google Web FontsGoogle Web Fonts team in order to make the web fonts load faster, today announced a new way to make web fonts smaller and faster, in collaboration with the Monotype Imaging Fonts.com Web Fonts team.

According to Fonts.com Web Fontsa Web Fonts team blog post Web Fonts now implements Monotype Imaging’s MicroType Express compression format, which yields an approximate 15% savings in file size over using gzip alone.

“This change will automatically speed up Google Web Fonts for Internet Explorer browsers (version 6 and up). We’re also actively working to offer improved compression with other modern browsers, including Google Chrome,” Google stated.

“Monotype Imaging has agreed to make MicroType Express available to the public at no cost; the license can be found at monotypeimaging.com/aboutus/mtx-license.”

The Web Fonts team notes “We’ve kept the interface simple, so designers don’t need to update their integrations in any way — we’ll automatically upgrade the CSS snippet and font files so that site designers and visitors get their fonts faster.” Adding, the team writes “We’ve done this for previous speed optimizations as well, such as automatically stripping the hints (metadata used for improving rendering quality on Windows) when serving fonts to Mac, iOS, and Android clients.”

Also, Google has released an implementation of MicroType Express compression as part of the Embedded OpenType converter in the open-source sfntly library, adding to the existing WOFF compression.

“The sfntly library, developed by the Google Internationalization Engineering team, serves as the core conversion engine in Google Web Fonts for subsetting, hint stripping, and related functions of our dynamic serving path,” Google said.

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