Chrome/Chromium Turns On Support For OpenType Variable Fonts

Written by Michael Larabel in Google on 5 August 2017 at 05:50 PM EDT. 15 Comments
Google's Chrome/Chromium web-browser has now enabled support by default for OpenType Variable Fonts.

Variable Fonts are those making use of Font Variations to allow for multiple font faces within a font family to be found within a single file, more details from the previous HarfBuzz news.

The impact of OpenType Variable Fonts for Chrome is explained in this discussion. The benefits include reduced file size, faster delivery and loading for web fonts, and other future possible benefits for better typography on the web.

As of yesterday, the variable fonts support is enabled by default.
Related News
About The Author
Author picture

Michael Larabel is the principal author of and founded the site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience. Michael has written more than 20,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and automated benchmarking software. He can be followed via Twitter, LinkedIn, or contacted via

Popular News This Week