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From bugzi...@apache.org
Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 46130] New: Feature request: Ability to use adobe (japanese) fonts without embedding them.
Date Thu, 30 Oct 2008 12:09:09 GMT

           Summary: Feature request: Ability to use adobe (japanese) fonts
                    without embedding them.
           Product: Fop
           Version: 1.0dev
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: Windows XP
            Status: NEW
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: P1
         Component: fonts
        AssignedTo: fop-dev@xmlgraphics.apache.org
        ReportedBy: maco@parasoft.com

I would need feature: Ability to use adobe (japanese) fonts without embedding

Currently to create asian PDF one has to embed the font into PDF or know TTF
font name installed on system (detected by autodetect).

I want to use fop in a distributed package - and I don't think there is font I
can freely redistribute. I also don't know the fonts used on end user system.

Anyway iText Lowagie PDF creation Library can create a PDF using HeiseiMin-W3
and PDF it creates when viewed by adober reader without asian fonts triggers
dialog to install adobe font pack. After this PDF is perfectly viewable.

It actually uses only properties (similar to font-metrics xml?) of HeiseiMin-W3
font and probably CMap files.

I see 2 problems:
- no way of generation font metrics from adobe OTF fonts?
- creating PDF in a way that reader will know which font it should use and
download if necessary

I would be willing to do the required changes although I would need some 
guidance. I am pretty new to the PDF and fonts so I might even not see some
obvious things. I need this in about 1 week.

I am currently setting up FOP trunk project and I will try to familiarize
myself with the source code.

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