Fonts prohibiting installable embedding

Paul Wise pabs at
Sun Oct 3 06:22:59 CEST 2021

On Sat, Oct 2, 2021 at 9:12 PM Reinhard Kotucha wrote:

> What I fear is that most authors of fonts (if they are reachable at
> all) are reluctant to change anything after a release.  As far as
> fonts provided by GUST (Latin Modern, TeX Gyre, etc.) are concerned
> I'm quite optimistic though.

I tend to think it is best if fonts aren't considered "read-only" -
fonts are best considered living projects that need various updates;
for changes in Unicode, changes in font rendering libraries, incorrect
glyph replacements, missing glyph additions, etc.

> What one could do is to ask the author(s) of fontforge to change the
> default settings.  This would solve the problem for many freely
> available fonts.


> I doubt that any existing program obeys those bits right now and
> therefor most font authors are not aware of them.

I found two tools to remove the embedding bits, so it seems like the
bits are definitely enforced somewhere, otherwise people wouldn't care
about removing them.

According to this 2015 blog post, Microsoft Office enforces the bits:

>From StackOverflow it sounds like Crystal Reports enforces them:

I've zero idea if any modern/libre/Linux software enforces the bits though.

> there is no reason to remove those fonts from the distributions.

Agreed, as long as the fonts have libre licensing.


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