Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu project, commented: “Our focus on design and usability in Ubuntu led us to create a font which is at once beautiful and readable. We’re delighted to share the Ubuntu Font Family with web designers around the world who want their websites to be stylish and readable in as many languages and browsers as possible. The publication of the Ubuntu font on the global Google Font Directory is an appropriate treat for the festive season, and we wish all those who contribute to, and enjoy the benefits of, free software and open content a very happy and healthy solstice and New Year.”
Raph Levien from the Google Font API team added, “Google is excited to be providing such a high-quality font to the world, with all of the benefits of web fonts including amazing searchability and accessibility. Web fonts demonstrate the true power of the web, as web pages can be translated and still preserve a rich visual presentation – something not possible with any other technology, especially baking text into images. As the language coverage increases throughout 2011, users will automatically get those improvements, and the performance and reliability they can expect from Google. I hope that people have fun over the holidays adding the Ubuntu web fonts to their sites!”
Adding the Ubuntu Font Family is straightforward. Simply access the Google Font Diectory and select ‘Ubuntu’ and insert the two lines of CSS provided. Alternatively, the complete open source collection can be downloaded from font.ubuntu.com.