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embedded and subsetted font using latex

Here is how I managed to embed and subset all fonts for my paper (as required by IEEE).

latex paper.tex
dvips paper.dvi -Ppdf -G0 -tletter -o paper.ps
ps2pdf -dCompatibilityLevel=1.3 -dMAxSubsetPct=100 -dSubsetFonts=true -dEmbedAllFonts=true -sPAPERSIZE=letter paper.ps

I got those commands from this site:


Checking that the fonts are subsetted and embedded can be done on linux using the pdffonts command. Just type

pdffonts paper.pdf

Otherwise it is also possible to check it on Acrobat Rreader on windows. Go to
File->Document Properties ->Fonts

For all this to work, I had to make sure that all figures I included have embedded and subsetted font. And here is the tricky thing: when producing a figure with xfig 3.2-4 the character '-' (minus) in the default font (minus) produces fonts that cannot be embedded and subsetted. Thus I had to change all minus characters and write them in the Symbol (Greek) font. Then it worked! Vive l'informatique...
Posted by Micha Hersch on Thursday 15 December 2005 at 18:22