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This question might sound stupid (I am not a CS major). I built my grad school application resume using Latex (based on a CS grad suggestion :) ) and successfully generated the required PDF. I understand that Computer modern font is the default font but I used the \usepackage[font] option to use New Century Schoolbook with a little help from here:

It says there that to use New Century Schoolbook , you need to have it in your system. So my question is this: if someone reads my PDF in a system that doesnt support New Century Schoolbook, will they face issues reading it?

Or is the fact that ' you need to have font installed in your system' ( as given in the site above) apply only to TEX file and not the PDF file? Or do I have it wrong and New Century Schoolbook is as common as Times New Roman or Arial?

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when you produce a PDF using *TeX, the fonts will be embedded into that PDF (unless you tell TeX to do otherwise, which is not recommended). So whoever receives your PDF doesn't need to have specific fonts installed on their machine ...does that answer your question? – Nils L Nov 1 '13 at 10:16
Moreover, you can check for font embedding by either uninstalling the font and opening the .pdf, or just opening the .pdf and checking the document properties in a .pdf reader which supports showing such information. – WillAdams Nov 1 '13 at 12:20
@NilsL That's what I thought originally. Then I remembered that sometimes a downloaded PDF file asks you to install say, like a Chinese font, to render the PDF properly. If it were embedded , why would it ask me to install a font pack. ( I've seen examples of technical reports and data sheets) – pjamu Nov 2 '13 at 2:13
@pjamu: That's because fonts for CJK are typically very large and historically not embedded. – Martin Schröder Nov 2 '13 at 16:39
@MartinSchröder So I can go ahead with new century schoolbook font since it gets embedded? Btw, I used to generate the pdf. I hope that site uses appropriate tools to generate such an embedded pdf. – pjamu Nov 4 '13 at 5:33

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