[XeTeX] How to tell Xetex don't embed some ttf font into pdf

Jonathan Kew jonathan at jfkew.plus.com
Thu Nov 20 02:09:39 CET 2008

On 19 Nov 2008, at 23:31, Arthur Reutenauer wrote:

>> And therefore it would be appropriate to write to Adobe and ask them
>> to make in future better, sensible, standards.
>  This remark is in my opinion completely unfair.  Adobe has put
> incredible efforts into making PDF 1.7 an ISO standard, and PDF was
> already very well documented before that.  The TeX world has benefited
> from that a lot (and, before, from PostScript, Type 1 fonts, etc.).
> Besides, I don't see the benefit for individuals of having PDF  
> published
> as an ISO standard, since the ISO documents are ridiculously  
> overpriced
> (http://www.iso.org/iso/iso_catalogue/catalogue_tc/catalogue_detail.htm?csnumber=51502 
> ),
> while the Adobe technical specifications have been available free of
> charge for decades (https://www.adobe.com/devnet/pdf/).
>  Anyway, the above is irrelevant for the discussion at hand: we're
> discussing a feature that relies on Adobe Reader as a widespread PDF
> viewer, not on PDF as a standard.  It's about extending XeTeX's
> capabilities, not the PDF specifications (which would only make things
> more difficult for third-party viewers). There is a sensible reason to
> support the feature (reduce output file size), and there is a (huge)
> user community for it.


>  Then again, I'm not advocating adding that feature unconditionally,
> I'm only asking you to not dismiss the request with a mere "but it's  
> not
> standard anyway" and I'm saying it is worth considering.  But of  
> course,
> it depends on the implementers.  Jonathan, are you reading us?

Yes, I am. I don't know whether it is possible to achieve this through  
something in the xdvipdfmx configuration; maybe ChoF could comment on  
that. I'm not opposed to the feature, but I don't know enough about  
the whole font embedding process to say much more at this point.


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