[OS X TeX] Default Truetype Fonts?

Peter Dyballa Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE
Wed Feb 23 15:09:13 CET 2005

Am 23.02.2005 um 14:39 schrieb Aaron Jackson:

> 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.

So there's more than one good reason to make font embedding an option 
to the actual pdftex run and not an unflexible installation issue.


   Pete     === -Q
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