Early last August, I celebrated the release of Microsoft’s Windows 10 Anniversary Update (Version 1607, and also known as Redstone 1 or RS1), mainly because it represented the very first version of Windows OS to support OpenType/CFF Collections (aka OTCs). Alas, my favorite Source Han Sans—and now Source Han Serif—deployment format, the Super OTC that packs all of the fonts into a single and easy-to-manage font resource, could not be installed.
Fast-forward to exactly one week ago…
I am very pleased to report that our friends at Microsoft have addressed this issue in the Windows 10 Creators Update (Version 1703, and also known as Redstone 2 or RS2), which was released on April 11, 2017. The timing couldn’t have been better, as the Adobe-branded Source Han Serif and Google-branded Noto Serif CJK were released the week before. Unlike the Source Han Sans and Noto Sans CJK Super OTCs, which have 36 fonts, the Source Han Serif and Noto Serif CJK ones have a mere 28. The reason for the difference is the lack of “HW” (half-width ASCII) versions of the Regular and Bold weights that were deemed unnecessary.
We are now one step closer to having the Super OTC be the preferred deployment format for the Source Han and Noto CJK typeface families.