[xep-support] General fonts question

From: John W. Shipman (john@nmt.edu)
Date: Wed Mar 24 2004 - 09:25:50 PST

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    We're converting from FOP to XEP for our in-house DocBook->PDF
    toolchain. I'm very happy so far except for the small number of
    built-in fonts.

    Here's our release data, just for completeness (with Modular
    Stylesheets release 1.65.1):

        XEP - XSL Formatting Engine for Paged Media
        Academic Edition

        Version 3.7.3
        February 9, 2004

    Somehow, PDF files built by FOP seem to know about Palatino, but
    XEP does not. I'm not the package installer or maintainer here,
    but our local sysadmins are stumped.

    The information in the XEP User Guide about how to install fonts
    is quite clear, but we don't seem to have the requisite files.
    Somehow, Acrobat Reader and the printers can view and print files
    coming out of FOP that use Palatino. Either they're using the
    built-in fonts correctly, or the font files are squirreled away
    somewhere we don't know about.

    We're a state-underfunded university and always trying to do
    things on the cheap here, so I'd prefer less than perfect
    public-domain fonts over expensive purchased fonts, whenever
    possible. What are our options?

    * Is there some magic configuration thing we can tweak so that
        AcroRead and the printers use whatever font source they're
        currently using?

    * Are there reasonably decent public-domain fonts out there?

    * If the only choice is to purchase them, whose should we buy?

    At the moment I need only a small number of fonts:

        Palatino: regular, italic, bold, bold italic, small-caps
        Lucida Typewriter: regular, italic, bold, bold italic

    I'd appreciate any suggestions.

    John Shipman (john@nmt.edu), Applications Specialist, NM Tech Computer Center,
    Speare 128, Socorro, NM 87801, (505) 835-5950, http://www.nmt.edu/~john
      ``Let's go outside and commiserate with nature.'' --Dave Farber

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