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Adobe releases Source Sans Pro, a new open source font

Ars Technica - Adobe has open sourced a new font family called Source Sans Pro. The font itself is now available in OTF and TTF formats. The company is also releasing the underlying source material so that the font can easily be modified and improved by third parties. Adobe is releasing the fonts under the terms of the SIL Open Font License, an OSI-approved license that broadly allows modification and redistribution.

Source Sans Pro was created by Adobe typeface designer Paul D. Hunt. He announced the availability of the font today in an entry that was published on Adobe’s Typblography blog. In the blog entry, he explains that the design was partly inspired by the visual simplicity of the Gothic fonts created by influential designer Morris Fuller Benton in the early 20th century.

Adobe aims to use the new font in its open source software applications. Hunt’s blog entry says that a preliminary version is included as a user interface font in Brackets, an open source code editor for Web development that Adobe is building with HTML5 on top of WebKit. Feedback from early uses encouraged further refinement, such as adding a little tail to the lowercase "l" to help better distinguish it from an uppercase "I" character.