[XeTeX] font license
maxwell at umiacs.umd.edu
Wed Sep 3 21:31:39 CEST 2014
On to the next problem. We're typesetting a Bangla grammar, and the
chosen font for the Bengali script is the Nikosh font. This ttf font
was reportedly developed by the government of Bangladesh, and is freely
downloadable from their website, e.g.
Now that I have the xetex -output-driver parameter on the correct side
of the input file name on the command line (see my previous thread...),
xdvipdfmx is refusing to embed this Nikosh font in the PDF unless I use
the -E (embed regardless of license) parameter. I'm not happy about
I have been googling around for the Nikosh font license (no luck--some
sites claim it's freely available, but that probably doesn't mean
anything), and also for some app that would let me read the license
restrictions which I assume are embedded somehow in the .ttf file
(otherwise how could xdvipdfmx find it?). Tried fc-scan, FontForge,
'strings Nikosh.ttf | grep -i fstype', etc.
I understand that some font creation tools default to non-embeddable
font licenses, and that some developers may not realize that (or not
realize the implications).
How do I find the exact license restrictions on a truetype font?
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