[reportlab-users] PDF without embedding fonts

Robin Becker robin at reportlab.com
Thu May 13 06:38:50 EDT 2010

On 13/05/2010 09:45, Andy Robinson wrote:


> Do you have any examples of real-world PDFs which display Cyrillic but

> don't contain any fonts? If so, please show us one and maybe we can

> see how it is done. I wonder if they work for you, but for a Western

> user Acrobat will prompt them to download an extra font pack? The

> only other approach I can see is to convert all glyphs to bezier

> curves, which would be very slow.

I feel this might work if instead of using an 8 bit encoding for text you use
the 16bit unicode encoding which seems to be allowed everywhere text is allowed.
I know this works with CJK in the document attributes eg Author Title etc etc
and I think it works in outlines etc etc so it would probably work for Cyrillic
in the same way.
Robin Becker

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