New Pan-CJK Font Release: Source Han Sans 2.0

Image source: Adobe / Ken Lunde.

by Dan Rhatigan

posted on 11-19-2018

We are delighted to announce the availability of Source Han Sans version 2.0, a major update to the open source Pan-CJK typeface family that we first released in 2014 in collaboration with Google (who brand the fonts under the name Noto Sans CJK).

Complete details about the family, including technical notes and details of the update, can be found in the release notes on GitHub. Some of the more noteworthy changes and enhancements are:

The illustration above shows the traditional (first four lines) and simplified (fifth line) forms of the ideograph biáng as it appears in each of the seven weights of Source Han Sans. The traditional form requires four distinct glyphs to accommodate the five supported languages.

A comparison of the bopomofo glyphs from the original Source Han Sans (in blue) to this update (in black) illustrates how thoroughly each of them were revised.

All the fonts in this new Source Han Sans version are available for download on GitHub, and a subset is available for desktop and web use through Adobe Fonts. Google’s own version of this font under the name Noto Sans CJK will soon be available as part of their Noto Pan-Unicode font family.

Since there are a number of small changes throughout the family, we encourage any Adobe Fonts users who have worked with the fonts previously to reactivate them once again and make sure the fonts on their system are up to date.

Topics: Creativity, Typography

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