[scribus] Font oddities

John Jason Jordan johnxj at comcast.net
Tue Nov 23 01:26:58 CET 2010

On Sun, 21 Nov 2010 01:36:16 -0800
John Jason Jordan <johnxj at comcast.net> dijo:

>On Sun, 21 Nov 2010 09:37:27 +0100
>Franz Schmid <Franz.Schmid at altmuehlnet.de> dijo:

>>> 2) My workhorse font is Junicode, a free open source font that is
>>> completely unrestricted. Scribus refuses to embed it when exporting
>>> as PDF, listing it in fonts to be outlined instead. In Preferences >
>>> Fonts it is checked that it can be embedded. Outlining it is not
>>> acceptable because my PDFs need to be searchable.
>>The Junicode can't be embedded because it contains too much glyphs,
>>there is a hardcoded limit of 2048 glyhps. Above that limit the font
>>is always outlined to prevent the resulting PDF being too large.
>Thanks for the clarification. However, it renders Scribus unusable for
>me. In fact, it renders Scribus seriously impaired for anyone using
>Asian languages or scientific work where we need lots of special
>glyphs. Wasn't the whole purpose of creating the Unicode standard so
>that we would not be limited by the few glyphs we could get into

I filed a feature request a couple days ago. Just now I received notice
that it had been marked closed and resolved.

It turns out that if you go into File > Preferences > Fonts and uncheck
the Subset box, Scribus will embed the fonts. I just tried it and it
works. So now I'm doing a happy dance again. :)

However, there are some things I don't understand. The check box for
Subset was marked for all my fonts, yet the export as PDF dialog box
did not offer an option to subset; the only choices are embed or
outline. Also, why would unchecking the Subset box make Scribus embed
the fonts? There are some things here that don't make any sense to me.

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