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Compressed Web Fonts from Google

Posted on 1.10.2012

Google’s affinity for all things speedy is no secret. That is why it should come as no surprise that it has made yet another foray into making the Web even faster - at least as it relates to fonts.

On its official Code blog, Google announced this week a new way to make web fonts smaller (and faster) through collaboration with the Monotype Imaging Web Fonts team.

Google Web fonts now implements Monotype Imaging’s MicroType Express compression format. Using gzip alone, the format should yield approximately 15 percent savings in file size.

Designers won’t need to update their integrations as Google is upgrading the CSS snippet and font files which it has done for previous speed optimizations.

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