[OS X TeX] Default Truetype Fonts?

Aaron Jackson jackson at msrce.howard.edu
Wed Feb 23 14:39:29 CET 2005

On Feb 23, 2005, at 8:27 AM, Bruno Voisin wrote:

> Le 23 févr. 05, à 13:50, Peter Dyballa a écrit :
>> More general pdftex should have a switch to embed or not to embed a 
>> font set. I have a PostScript 3 printer with more than 100 built-in 
>> fonts I wouldn't need to download ... (I only need to re-write my map 
>> file for that purpose)
> But there's the case when a document is distributed or transferred 
> electronically: you want to make sure any recipient of the document 
> will be able to view or print it, and that the printout will be 
> exactly identical to what you created on your computer (i.e. no 
> replacement of Times by Times New Roman, of Helvetica by Arial, etc., 
> as Adobe Reader does, for example). For this I think embedding of any 
> font is the only way.

Yes!  I tried a little experiment once.  I used the mathptm package and 
made a pdf on my mac without embedding the Times fonts.  I then opened 
the same document on a PC and looked at the font information.  
Apparently, PCs don't use Times, they use Times New Roman.  So the 
Times font was silently substituted with Times New Roman.  Of course, 
there's  not much difference between the two fonts so most people would 
never notice, but there is a difference.  The moral: embedding fonts is 
the only way that you are sure that a document will look and print the 
same no matter who opens it.


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