[scribus] Right translation

avox avox at arcor.de
Mon May 12 23:23:54 CEST 2008

Pier Luigi Cinquantini-3 wrote:
> Je domenica 11 maggio 2008, Thomas R. Koll skribis:
>> It converts the characters to graphic objects with nodes.
>> E.g. if you use only a few chars of a font then you can save space
>> with that
>> BUT in your acrobat reader you cannot select and copy those graphic
>> object anymore
>> because they are no characters anymore.
> Clear, thank you.
> Why when I embed a font it goes straight away to the window "Fonts to
> outline" 
> and not to "Fonts to embed"?
> And does this explains "fonts to outline"?:
> "Subset all fonts into the PDF. Subsetting fonts is when only the glyphs
> used 
> in the PDF are embedded, not the whole font. Some fonts like Open Type can 
> only be subset, as they are not able to be embedded into PDF versions
> before 
> PDF 1.6."

In the past Scribus intermingled the techniques "subsetting" and "convert to
Currently Scribus only supports two techniques: embedding and converting to
outlines. But
there are four combinations possible:

glyphs: |  "as is"        as outlines
all     | embed        ./.
subset  |   ./.           outline

For OTF the "as is" approach is not possible since that possibility was only
introduced with PDF 1.6
(and that's not or rarely used in the printing industry). That's why some
fonts go straight to the
outline category.
Another limit is the number of glyphs. Some fonts are very large and have
thousands of glyphs.
In this case Scribus also decides to subset (and therefore outline) these
fonts, even if they are not 
in OTF format.

In the future we might also implement "as is" subsetting and embedding of
OTF fonts (by converting
them to TTF or CFF format).

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