Dynamic kits and East Asian web font serving

Typekit developed dynamic kits to accommodate East Asian font serving at Typekit. The large size of East Asian fonts — well over 10,000 glyphs in most cases — otherwise makes it unrealistic to load these fonts on a website without significantly impacting the load time.

When you add an East Asian font family to your kit, it will automatically become what we call a dynamic kit. In a dynamic kit, you’ll have a new Character Set option in the kit editor called Dynamic Subsetting, which is automatically switched on.

A dynamic kit that includes Source Han Sans Japanese

The dynamic kit looks for any change to the DOM — such as a news feed or a comments section — and then requests any new characters that need to be added to the subset. We call this dynamic augmentation, and it’ll happen automatically for any of the font families in your kit that use the dynamic subsetting option.

This way, instead of downloading an entirely new font, we can now simply request the additional glyphs and perform the update right in your browser.

For more details on how to use these new capabilities, see the help articles on Adding fonts to your website and Language support & subsetting.

For more details on browser support, see our updated Browser and OS support page.

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