Adobe ditching Type 1 fonts

Ulrike Fischer news3 at
Wed Sep 21 10:58:23 CEST 2022

Am Wed, 21 Sep 2022 01:09:50 -0700 schrieb Paulo Ney de Souza:

> Adobe announced (very quietly) a few weeks ago that they will phase out
> Type 1 fonts from all PDF tools, this January 2023, including Adobe Reader:
> It is expected that files will be read, but no annotations of PDF pre-press
> will work.

Sorry but where do you see that? Editing in Illustrator will no
work, but annotations made with adobe reader are quite unrelated to
fonts and nothing on the page suggests that this will break in the
near future. 

> There are more than 7K Type1 files in TeXLive distributed over 33 packages.
> The conversion with FontForge and other scripted tools is not very hard,
> and the layout as an Unicode font simplifies file support a  lot ... and OT
> itself opens the door to quite a bit of innovation.

Well we want to go away from type1 the main problem is not providing
open type fonts as alternative--we already have plenty in texlive.
The problem is that pdflatex can't use them as it can't subset them. 

\pdfmapline{=cmr12 cm < lmroman12-regular.otf} 

will give a fatal error:

!pdfTeX error: pdflatex.exe (file lmroman12-regular.otf): OTF fonts
must be inc
luded entirely

Embedding the full font is not really an option both for size and
legal reasons.

Ulrike Fischer

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