I will say that it was pretty interesting to dive deep into the rabbit hole of webfonts. I never had to think about how big they were before, so I had no idea the general filesize footprint of a font.
What I've generally found is that Latin fonts fall in the 100s of kbs, while Chinese fonts are usually several megabytes.
I'm not sure what my strategy will be if I ever decide to add Chinese to my site. But that's something I'll think about when I get there.
@amorphous I was looking into the same thing recently, and as Chinese is a language I'm learning my website does need to support it. The only solid multilingual option I found is the Noto family, but the download sizes do get yuge. Saving this thread for future reference!
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