Typekit and Google Announce Open Source Collaboration
I think this is great. Typekit is really making an impact with the service provided, and Google hopping on board is a really great thing for the both of them… and all of us.
We’re happy to announce that we’ve teamed up with Google to make webfonts ubiquitous and more accessible. Starting today, we’re making our Typekit font events an open source project called WebFont Loader. Now you can have complete control over how fonts are loaded and what happens when they’re rendered. You can download the code and use it however you like, or link directly to the latest version via the Google Ajax APIs.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve worked very closely with developers from Google to ensure the code is as broadly usable as possible. You can use WebFont Loader with fonts on your own server, links to the just-announced Google Webfont API, or any Typekit account. We’ve also made sure the code is modular, so other font hosting services can add to it in the future. You’ll find full documentation, examples, and information on how you can contribute at our GitHub repository.
There’s even a collection of open source webfonts that you can use right now provided via Googles CDN. I’ll be shopping around to see if anything suits Monday By Noon over the next few weeks.
Type is a big deal to us all. Projects like this help make beautiful type more accessible and usable and I really welcome it. I also keep in mind, however, that a (completely supported) native implementation is something I’ll continually be waiting for. Until then, keep rocking it, Typekit (and Google).