[scribus] PDF Forms and fonts

Steven Dayton daytonmeister at gmail.com
Mon Nov 1 19:45:34 CET 2010

When it comes to form fields in a PDF you will need to have Acrobat
professional in order to choose a different font that is used in the
fields for data input and even then that depends on licensing
restrictions for a particular font. When I need to create a form that
will be used by Russian speakers for example I choose a font that the
company has created that will handle Cyrillic languages instead of
Helvetica. I have tried in the past to choose a nicer looking font for
interactive PDF documents like certificates of course completion but
could not embed the font because of the license restrictions on said
font. It would display on my computer but unless the users receiving
the form had the font installed on their systems another font would be
chosen to display in it's stead.

On Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 2:50 AM, John Jason Jordan <johnxj at comcast.net> wrote:
> A long time ago when I was using 1.3.3.something on Ubuntu I tried to
> create a PDF form for linguistics students to use. I was stymied
> because I was unable to set the font for any of the controls to
> anything but four fonts each of Helvetica, Times, Courier, or Symbols
> or Dingbats. None of these fonts contain the hundreds of glyphs
> necessary for the International Phonetic Alphabet.
> While reading the manual today I came across the section on PDF forms
> and it reminded me that I had not tried this for a long time. I am
> currently using 1.3.7 on Fedora 11 x86_64. So this evening I tried it
> again and discovered that the user is still limited to the same 14
> fonts.
> I'm probably a rare user needing IPA characters, but all users would
> probably like the font in their controls to be the same as the rest of
> the PDF form. You have to admit that the 14 fonts above are pretty ugly
> and overused.
> Why are we limited to these 14 fonts? Would it be really difficult to
> change the feature so the user can use any installed font?
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