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: http://www.rpi.edu/dept/arc/training/latex/resumes/

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, 2013 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, 2013 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, 2013 at 2:13
  • @pjamu: That's because fonts for CJK are typically very large and historically not embedded. Nov 2, 2013 at 16:39
  • @MartinSchröder So I can go ahead with new century schoolbook font since it gets embedded? Btw, I used sharelatex.com to generate the pdf. I hope that site uses appropriate tools to generate such an embedded pdf.
    – pjamu
    Nov 4, 2013 at 5:33

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Unless you have altered the default configuration, the major TeX distributions in their current forms embed most fonts by default. This means that you only need to worry about the availability of fonts on readers' systems if you are typesetting certain non-Latin scripts (e.g. Chinese, Japanese, Korean etc.).

Older installations of TeX defaulted to not embedding the most common postscript fonts, but embedding all others.

Regardless, I would always recommend checking that fonts are embedded before submitting or sending an important document. There are a couple of ways to do this. One is to use a PDF viewer and look for the document's Properties. This should include information on Fonts.

For example, here's Okular's display for a simple sample document:


This is OK as all fonts are listed as 'Embedded'. (Subsets are fine.)

The other option is to use a command line or other utility such as pdffonts which produces the following for the same example:

name                                 type              encoding         emb sub uni object ID
------------------------------------ ----------------- ---------------- --- --- --- ---------
VJGNPX+CMR10                         Type 1            Builtin          yes yes no       4  0
OTQOSA+CMBX12                        Type 1            Builtin          yes yes no       5  0
ZQOAXT+CMTI10                        Type 1            Builtin          yes yes no       6  0

The crucial column here is headed emb and the important thing is that all entries in this column are yes.

  • Merci beaucoup :-)
    – Johannes_B
    Jan 6, 2016 at 22:39

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