So I was looking through fonts online, and some people online really love the look and feel of Google’s Noto series of fonts. Noto comes in a couple flavours, but I came across “Noto.” This is what Google says about it.
“When text is rendered by a computer, sometimes characters are displayed as ‘tofu’. They are little boxes to indicate your device doesn’t have a font to display the text.”
Google has been developing a font family called Noto, which aims to support all languages with a harmonious look and feel. Noto is Google’s answer to tofu. The name noto is to convey the idea that Google’s goal is to see ‘no more tofu’. Noto has multiple styles and weights, and is freely available to all."
“Noto Sans CJK and Noto Serif CJK comprehensively cover Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, and Korean in a unified font family. This includes the full coverage of CJK Ideographs with variation support for 4 regions, Kangxi radicals, Japanese Kana, Korean Hangul, and other CJK symbols and letters in the Basic Multilingual Plane of Unicode. It also provides limited coverage of CJK Ideographs in Plane 2 of Unicode as necessary to support standards from China and Japan.”
These fonts, in regards to Japanese: “Supports all of the kanji in JIS X 0208, JIS X 0213, and JIS X 0212 to include all kanji in Adobe-Japan1-6.”
My questions are basically answered now, so I no longer have a problem. I’ve left this part in for posterity. This thread is now about this awesome family of fonts!
So my problem is this:
I use a WaniKani wallpaper generator so I can get an overview of my progress on my desktop (and honestly, it’s just very pretty). It automatically is incompatible with any font that doesn’t include all the kanji that WK covers. But is it possible, given how “comprehensive” Noto claims to be, that it doesn’t include all the necessary kanji?
Here’s a gorgeous sample of these fonts in a few different Asian languages:
For those that are interested, here are links to the main Noto page, and for the CJK files specifically:
Here’s an article on the font by Wired, for those who want to learn more about this font from another perspective: