Earlier this month Google started testing support for different languages in its web font API. Currently there are 9 different languages in the Web Font API : Arabic, Lao, Ethiopic, Tamil, Thai, Bengali, Hindi, Korean, and Burmese.

For developers, this is a huge enhancement in the regional language support system as adding integrating different languages was very difficult over the web with third party JavaScripts and hacks and providing support for different browsers and OS combinations.

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For early adopters, Google has also started a support forum – “Google Web Fonts Early Access Discussions” for the new multilingual web font to discuss what improvements can be made to have better developer and user experience.

At a larger context Google is trying to make the web Localization and Internationalization very easy and has also included 3 Indian languages in it’s beta testing i.e. Tamil, Bengali and Hindi.


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