[reportlab-users] PDF without embedding fonts

Yuriy Asyutin yasyutin at gmail.com
Fri May 14 05:37:43 EDT 2010

PDF reference documentation didn't help me a lot either, so I tried to
define needed information the same way as you - created a PDF with LifeCycle
with `not embed fonts` option and investigated PDF source. I've attached
file created by LC which contains Cyrillic, but now I see that there is also
additional embedded font source.
Answering your question `I wonder if they work for you, but for a Western
user Acrobat will prompt them to download an extra font pack?`looks like the
encoding I used WinAnsiEncoding does not require to download any font packs
it will substitute with any suitable font. I believe set to the one of the
unicode encodings will do this.

Thanks a lot, I'll try some examples to investigate it more.

2010/5/13 Andy Robinson <andy at reportlab.com>

> On 12 May 2010 21:19, Yuriy Asyutin <yasyutin at gmail.com> wrote:

> > My questions are:

> >

> > 1. Is `Subtype/Type1` valid value for such OTF fonts and can I access

> > Cyrillic glyphs by using one of the unicode encodings and creating

> special

> > ToUnicode list?

> >

> > Actually, I'm not sure - am I on the right way? Or maybe I can include a

> > CMap stream into PDF source and follow CID keyed appproach for Extended

> > Language pack.


> I am sorry to say that I have no idea at all.


> The full PDF specification is available online but if that doesn't

> help. To get the CID font support working, many years ago, I

> basically ran Japanese 'Hello World' postscript files through

> Distiller and studied the PDFs which came out in a text editor to work

> out what structures needed to be in the PDF. The basic concepts of

> CMaps and getting the glyph widths were clear enough, but I basically

> copied properties which were known to work. Adobe's documentation

> was some help, but not much.


> 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.



> Best Regards,


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