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Monotype and Google Try Greasing the Web-font Skids

“Monotype released new technology called MicroType Express ”

Monotype released its compression technology that shrinks font download sizes and made it free for public use. MicroType Express is going to be used in major browsers like Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Google even plans to include the Monotype's technology into its Web fonts site for free to use fonts that can be embedded on Web pages.

 

The company estimates that MTX cuts font-size downloads by 15 percent compared with the prevailing alternative, the gzip algorithm. There has been some disagreement about the merits of MTX. In 2009, one study found gzip did just about as well as MTX, but Monotype responded that MTX could be improved. MTX use also got tangled up in licensing complications, a thorny area given the constraints of writing open-source software such as Firefox and hammering out Web standards at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

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