We have some updates around Twenty Twelve, the next “default” theme for WordPress. We previously wrote that Twenty Twelve is being punted to WordPress 3.5, but the plan is to see Twenty Twelve in 2012 still.
The reason they decided to go with Open Sans, and specifically through Google Web Fonts, is for licensing reasons. You may or may not know, but everything that goes into WordPress core, has to be GPLv2 compatible. There were some concerns raised about distributing the font in core, as it is under the Apache License version 2, which is not compatible with GPLv2.
Here are a few screenshots of what the font looks like.
I looked at the font and I’m really impressed with it. We’ve been using Droid Sans a lot here on WPforce, and while I really like it, I may consider using Open Sans in the future.
What do you think of the font selection?