What is embedded text?

Asked Feb 15, 2017
Hi nbadoga,

I'll take a stab at it, but this is very much in laymen's terms, not specific definitions.

Renderable text means the characters representing the text are stored as vectors. Vectors can represent letter characters or simple line drawings that have no knowledge of the actual characters they represent.

Embedded text (I think embedded fonts is really what you mean), means all the actual characters used are included with the file. You can embed full fonts or only subsets of fonts ( only those characters actually used in the file)

The difference in terms of PDF is that if a particular font is not embedded and the person viewing the file does not have that specific font on their system, then a substitute font will be used. So they may see your document in a different way than you intended, especially if design aspects of the file are important ( fancy fonts are used). If the font is embedded then the end user does not need to have the font on their system in order to be able to view the actual fonts the author used to create the PDF. So, embedding fonts means that everyone will see the PDF just as you do, with all the same fonts you used when you created it.

Hope this helps,
Answered Feb 20, 2017

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