[pdftex] otf fonts in pdftex

The Thanh Han hanthethanh at myrealbox.com
Thu May 15 00:47:19 CEST 2003

otf font support in pdftex is a quick hack: it doesn't allow font
subsetting and reencoding. In other words, you cannot do much with it :(

This might be improved in the future when I have time to take a
deeper look into this topic.


On Mon, May 12, 2003 at 04:20:33PM +0200, Diederik van Arkel wrote:
> On Sunday, May 11, 2003, at 02:21 AM, Michel Bovani wrote:
> >
> >Le samedi, 10 mai 2003, à 23:15 Europe/Paris, Diederik van Arkel a 
> >écrit :
> >
> >>Ahhh silly me, that helped. Thank you very much. Now I have to figure
> >>out why it's entering an illegal FontBBox for the embedded font...
> >
> >I have the same problem with Warnock pro. Perhaps because otf fonts 
> >needs to be fully embedded.
> >
> >Try to transform your pdf into a ps (with a printer driver eg) and 
> >convert it into a pdf with distiller or ps2pdf...
> >Works fine for me -)
> OK, I can see what's going wrong here. When the otf font is being 
> copied into the pdf it isn't reading
> the original FontBBox from the 'head' section of the original font but 
> trying to reconstruct it from the
> fontdimen params of the raw .tfm. Unfortunately fontinst hasn't put any 
> fontdimens into the raw .tfm
> So when I copy the fontdimen instructions from the reencoded font .pl 
> file into the raw .pl file before
> running pltotfm then this part works ok.
> Does anyone know if this is a pdftex bug or a fontinst bug and where I 
> should report it?
> (my feeling is that it's a pdftex bug)
> -- 
> Diederik van Arkel
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