Smaller kit sizes for French & German web pages
November 5, 2013
We’ve made a small update to the languages supported by Typekit’s default web font character set. In addition to English, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish, you can now use the Default option in the Kit Editor to display content in French and German.
To recap how language support works in Typekit, there are two character set options for each font in the Kit Editor, Default and All Characters. The All Characters set is exactly what it sounds like: every character (or glyph) in a particular font, including ligatures, alternates, and OpenType features (where available). Though these fonts have the broadest possible language and feature support, the font files themselves are much larger, typically 100-200% larger (in terms of KB).
The Default character set, on the other hand, includes all the characters necessary to support our most common languages, as well as some useful typographic characters like smart quotes and bullets. Because Default fonts include just the characters required for most web pages, these font files are much smaller, resulting in faster load times for your users.
What it means for your site
If you’ve been using the All Characters set to include French or German characters on your site, you can now switch to the Default character set instead (and trim down your kit size in the process). Simply launch the Kit Editor, select the font, and then change the Language Support setting to “Default.” When you’re done, republish your kit.
If you’re using any language that’s not included in the default character set, keep using the All Characters set. (Language support varies by font family and is specified on the font detail page.)
As always, if you have any questions, contact us at email@example.com and we’ll be happy to help.