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    Looking for good information about... (MS-Word 97 and >)

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    I am looking for some information to write an article about sharing fonts between different Windows PCs, or even Macs, and Linux machines.

    What I am looking for is the fact that I may have fonts that you may not have. And if I use any of these fonts, then when your software opens the document, it will have a rough time translating the foreign fonts into the close resemblance font on your machine. Some times this is so hard that the software will simply produce dingbats and things that will freak out the users when they see them. Thus the need for this information <img src=/S/bravo.gif border=0 alt=bravo width=16 height=30>

    I know you can do PDFs, but that info should lead into this option and why it is important to actually do a PDF file vs. a native Word file.

    I also would like info on embedding fonts, or shipping fonts with the document if that is reasonable. Any info about Copyright or Copyleft of fonts shipped to people who don
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    Re: Looking for good information about... (MS-Word 97 and >)

    Hi Wassim,

    Word's help file has a couple of useful bits for starters. See the topic 'About preserving a document's original appearance'.

    AFAIK, emedding a font (or even a subset of it) in a document doesn't violate copyrights any more or less than a pdf version of the same document would.

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    Re: Looking for good information about... (MS-Word 97 and >)

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    1st, for the fast reply, and 2nd for the hint about the MS-Word OLH. I should have looked under my nose first.

    But when you say <<< AFAIK, emedding a font (or even a subset of it) in a document doesn't violate copyrights any more or less than a pdf version of the same document would. >>>

    I point your attention to: "Copying the fonts you use onto a disk or network server and giving them to all the people who might want to read or print your document isn't a good idea. Aside from the logistical problems this would cause, this action would almost certainly be illegal.
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    Re: Looking for good information about... (MS-Word 97 and >)

    For what it's worth, I use a utility that I downloaded for free from Microsoft's Typography site. It's a simple little "extension" that, when you right-click on a TTF file in Explorer and select "Properties," will show you additional information "...relating to font origination and copyright, the type sizes to which hinting and smoothing are applied, and the code pages supported by extended character sets" (as mentioned on the website.)
    You can get this download for free from http://www.microsoft.com/typography/...roperty21.mspx.
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    Re: Looking for good information about... (MS-Word

    I think we've had a thread or two asking why some fonts are non-embeddable. Apparently the author can code them in such a way that Word will not embed them, and this is how the author controls redistribution. I suspect that PDF would have the same issue. I was recently trying to figure out if I could print a proprietary font as a bitmap. I ended up print to PDF and then opening the PDF in Adobe Photoshop Elements, which rasterizes (scans) the PDF pages to bitmaps. Too much work, but it was a font sampler so I was fairly certain that it was necessary...

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    Re: Looking for good information about... (MS-Word

    Googling for "fonts platforms differences about" gave this result on the first page:
    http://www.sketchpad.net/macwinfontsintro1.htm

    Adding the word "linux" to end of the search netted this:
    http://linux.about.com/od/howtos/l/blfont2.htm

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    Re: Looking for good information about... (MS-Word 97 and >)

    Hi Wassim,

    I don't think that article applies in this case, since you're not distributing the fonts, as such. There is a significant difference between sending around a sett of font files (as discussed in the article you refer to) and distributing a document that has some or all of the charatcres from a font embedded in it. On the intellectual property front, there would be little difference between distributing a pdf or doc file with embedded fonts. That's why I made the observation that the copyright issues would be the same.

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