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Re: Choice of fonts in LaTeX

  • To: "Paul A. Rubin" <rubin@xxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Re: Choice of fonts in LaTeX
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  • Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2005 21:53:08 +0200
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Paul A. Rubin wrote:
Paul wrote:

You said about sticking to basic PDF fonts, but I would have thought that it would be the other way round - unusual fonts would be *more* portable because they are actually embedded within the document.

I'm not sure that's necessarily true. I think it is up to the software producing the PDF file to decide whether to embed fonts (either "unusual" or standard) or simply to enter the font name someplace in the document. If the font is not embedded and also not installed on the viewing machine, then the reader program uses what it thinks is a "close enough" font (determined, I think, from tables in the reader program).

If you are using ps2pdf when making the pdf you can make sure the fonts are embedded even if the standard fonts are used by adding
-dSubsetFonts=true -dEmbedAllFonts=true
to the ps2pdf argument list. (What the 'subsetFont' means is unknown to me, but I've been told it should be there).

When sending photo ready copies of conference articles, it is common that the conference organizer demands that all fonts are embedded.

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