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Re: Creating PDF/A-1b with FOP

From: Jeremias Maerki <dev@jeremias-maerki.ch>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2008 10:31:41 +0200
To: www-xsl-fo@w3.org
Message-Id: <20081016102309.B0D5.60BA733C@jeremias-maerki.ch>

Please make sure you've read the documentation at:

The base-14 fonts are "virtual" fonts. They are not embedded (only
referenced) in the PDF and are usually replaced by the PDF viewer with
another similar-looking font. That's why PDF/A says that all fonts have
to be embedded. The idea is to make sure the end-result looks the same
with every PDF viewer. If you want to use "Helvetica" you will need to
obtain a Helvetica font and configure it normally for embedding with FOP
as documented on the website. Of course, you can also use "Arial" or
whatever font you want but you might have to explicitely set the
font-family to that font name (best on fo:root to avoid the default
font-family to creep in and still cause this exception).

BTW, the main Apache FOP support forum is the fop-users mailing list:


On 16.10.2008 02:24:14 Peter Newman wrote:
> Hi
> I want to play around with the PDF/A capabilities of FOP but am having
> trouble with getting a basic test file working.
> Is there an example somewhere to demonstrate how this works?
> I tried using the footnote simple example for testing (using the current
> trunk version)
>  $   fop -fo simple.fo -pdfa1b simple.pdf
> which returns this error:
>  org.apache.fop.pdf.PDFConformanceException: For PDF/A-1b, all fonts,
> even the base 14 fonts, have to be embedded! Offending font:
> /Helvetica-Bold
> I tried to figure out how to embed base-14 fonts for a while but they
> seem to be built into the source code so got stuck there.  Should they
> be embedded automatically?
> Any tips would be great!
> Regards
> Pete
> Peter Newman 
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Best regards,
Jeremias Märki
Jeremias Märki, Software-Development and Consulting
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