[scribus] Sources for typefaces (again).

Christoph Schäfer christoph-schaefer at gmx.de
Mon Jul 5 22:41:05 CEST 2010

Am Montag, 5. Juli 2010 22:14:40 schrieb Gregory Pittman:
> On 07/05/2010 02:38 PM, mick crane wrote:
> > can somebody remind me what the difference is between true type fonts,
> > postscript fonts, etc and useability.
> This is a large question. There are, of course, many many different file
> formats for fonts. The ones which are of most use in DTP are going to be
> PostScript Type 1
> TrueType
> OpenType
> because they are easy to find, all scalable, and can therefore print
> with very high resolutions. Scribus can use all 3 types, but needs to
> make sure the font has all the necessary information; if it doesn't it's
> considered broken.
> Also, just because a font isn't broken doesn't mean it's any good for
> any particular purpose.
> In general, Scribus can embed a PS1 or TTF font, maybe not an OTF (at
> this time), but there is a workaround for this. It's very important when
> you use a font to know what you are allowed to do with it, according to
> its licence -- some may forbid you to embed them, for example.
> PS1 fonts are limited to 256 characters (glyphs), so if you need a font
> with various foreign-language glyphs you may have to look elsewhere. TTF
> and  OTF are not limited by design, but that doesn't mean the font was
> created with all the glyphs you need. Some fonts even have designs for
> small caps versions of letters.
> Greg

In addition, I recommend to read the Wikipedia article on OpenType, which 
contains links to articles on TTF and Type 1, as well as external sources: 



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