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I use mostly Gnu/Linux LibreOffice versions but I often send documents to Windows and Mac users. Most of my documents use the Liberation fonts by default which are not installed on Windows or Mac systems.
Is there a way to embed them in my Writer/Impress/Calc documents ?
The ODF 1.0 specification (PDF) does support font embedding, however neither LibreOffice nor OpenOffice have it implemented at this time. There are only two ODF implementations that support font embedding to some regard, which are Calligra and WebODF.
Embedded fonts have come up at various ODF Plugfest meetings, but general support is still lacking at this time. Let's hope this improves soon...
The implementation can embed fonts by either adding it to the packaged (zipped) ODF file in a Fonts/ directory and referencing that file using <svg:font-face-uri>, or by base64-encoding the file (in case of a Flat ODF file).
Update: Font Embedding is implemented and will ship as part of LibreOffice v4.1 (July 2013) using the ODF v1.0 specification.
Font Embedding will be implemented in LibreOffice v4.1 using the ODF v1.0 specification. The bugs to track these are for:
LibreOffice release 4.1 is expected in July 2013.
answered 2012-02-29 00:30:45 +0200Pedro
No. The ODF file specification does not support font embedding. And LibreOffice does not embed fonts in file formats that do support font embedding (such as MS formats)
Maybe in the future this will be added to ODF...
answered 2012-10-30 06:43:53 +0200TSW
I am planning to work on a fork of LO / OO and implement font embedding. But before I do that, I want to know if it's going to be worth it. So please answer the following questions: 1. As a consumer, will you switch to my new fork and start using my version just because it has font embedding? 2. As a developer, will you switch to my new fork and start contributing to this new fork instead, just because it has font embedding?
If I get 1,000 positive replies, I will start the fork.
answered 2012-09-21 04:31:58 +0200vojo
So guys....why not think about this the other way around. Upon install, LO x.y installs a known stable family of fonts on the system (LO_arial, LO_timesroman, etc). Add something to tools that sets priorities between platform fonts and LO installed fonts (try platform first then try LO fonts or vice versa or one/other ONLY).
On opening a doc, create or use some variables for fonts to be used. If older doc, create and save (aka like user credentials - name address etc). New or reopened doc, use those variables. If fonts not found, kick up msgbox to user about how to proceed. Somebody adds some cool text to document using font Z, update table in the font variables to include (since presumably this would default to one of the LO installed fonts, so still universal).
At least that would be consistent across all LO installs at X.Y or later. If document foundation guys spend too much time studying the need for this, LO reach out to OO etc and see if all can agree on approach. MS can choose to join the party or not.
I realize I may be overly simplifying this....but does get around having to all the actual fonts with the document.
Visio has done something similar for 10 years....though their approach has a limitation surrounding it in that its based on the relative offset of the font in the library from #1 (i.e On system A, #33 might be font X....on system B, #33 might be font Y). All I am suggesting is that instead of relative index, use actual font name.
answered 2012-09-20 22:49:59 +0200horst
If you can live with PDF then you can embed fonts in it.
answered 2012-02-29 14:54:14 +0200Domas
As written in Liberation fonts homepage: "The Liberation(tm) Fonts is a font family which aims at metric compatibility with Arial, Times New Roman, and Courier New."
A document written with Liberation fonts should be formatted exactly the same when viewed using standard Windows fonts.
answered 2012-03-14 15:03:34 +0200Wroger
While I really DO like Libreoffice.. the lack of font embedding cuts it out of being able to transfer all my work out of dead and dying formats or the use of proprietary software from companies who I regards as scumbags.
Any product I create via Libre Office be it document, artwork, engineering drawings or presentations etc., done in LO with your own font sets, cannot be transferred via dual booting between Linux or Windows, or it cannot be transferred to a different machine - from home to work or vis versa, and one cannot transfer the work to an independent third party such as peer review, or be sent to the printers, and the product cannot be archived and reopened on a different computer - because ANY work done ON a specific computer with ones own specific font sets, will be completely lost - because the original fonts, on the original machine, are not embedded in the documents produced on that machine.
QED - it's an Epic Failure.
With Open Office and the blooming fork, Libre Office, people have been raising these issues for 20 years, and for 20 years the committees, forum administrators, bugzilla forums, have ALL ignored and shut down any discussion or progress towards making font embedding the defacto or default setting.
While Microsoft, Word Perfect, Adobe and even really obscure office programs such as Abi office, etc., etc., etc. - they ALL have font embedding.
So the Open Office and Libre Office products and the committees that all drive these programs - have an epic failure on their hands and they are doing NOTHING to address it.
Have a read up on this topic via the article....
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Asked: 2012-02-28 23:02:55 +0200
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