Bug 58 - Fontconfig should support font embedding control
Summary: Fontconfig should support font embedding control
Alias: None
Product: fontconfig
Classification: Unclassified
Component: library (show other bugs)
Version: 2.1
Hardware: All All
: high enhancement
Assignee: Keith Packard
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Reported: 2003-04-14 08:11 UTC by Tony Graham
Modified: 2003-04-20 12:07 UTC (History)
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Description Tony Graham 2003-04-14 08:11:46 UTC
Fonts can be embedded in PostScript and PDF output.

Embedding all fonts leads to reproducible results but large files, and, for
example, PDF viewers do not require PDF files to embed the standard 14 Adobe
fonts since those fonts are expected to be available to the viewer.

Fontconfig is used by applications, such as GNOME Print (and PangoPDF), that
produce PostScript and PDF output.

Since Fontconfig provides font information to applications, it could be enhanced
to also provide a hint on whether or not a font should be embedded in output
file formats that support font embedding.
Comment 1 Keith Packard 2003-04-14 09:21:49 UTC
How would fontconfig be expected to know this?  If it's just by family name,
then we could just add entries in the configuration file to mark fonts of given
family names with a special flag that applications could read.
Comment 2 Tony Graham 2003-04-15 01:23:47 UTC
I had considered that it could be part of fonts.conf.

It is unlikely that users would want finer control than by family name.

It's easy to imagine that different applications would have different
expectations of which fonts to embed, but I'm just looking for a base
embed/noembed indication from fontconfig.

For PangoPDF, I am working on implementing an embedding level control parameter
with values 'none', 'nonbase', and 'all'.  If fontconfig implements an
embed/noembed control, then I would add a 'per-font' level.
Comment 3 Keith Packard 2003-04-17 08:17:50 UTC
You should be able to do this with the existing library by adding match/edit
rules to the configuration.  The configuration can add arbitrary new elements to
font patterns which will be visible to applications.

Please feel free to experiment; there's an example of setting a previously
undefined property in the default configuration to control access to bitmap
fonts (prefer_outline).

I'll switch this to 'FIXED' as there shouldn't need to be any changes in the
library code itself, even if we decide to add some new entries to the default
configuration when you've figured out what those should be.

May I also reassign this to you?
Comment 4 Tony Graham 2003-04-21 05:07:08 UTC
I'll look at the prefer_outline example.

Yes, reassign the bug to me.

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