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Italo Vignoli wrote:

I was working as a consultant for Adobe at that time, and I have been 
the PDF spokeperson for Europe for several years.

It is true that many years have gone by, but fonts are handled by 
operating systems in the same way. If they are not installed in their 
specific folder at boot time, they cannot be used for editing documents.

Straight from the horse's mouth...  

Leaving aside the question of the font embedding that Microsoft Word offers,
exactly, it appears that font embedding in OOo isn't going to happen.

Still, how should people proceed who want to be sure their document appears
exactly the same across platforms and regardless of what fonts are installed
on the recipient's system?

It appears they have four options:

- Save to PDF (but this won't be editable except with Adobe Acrobat)
- Save to .odt and use only the most widely used fonts 
- Save to .odt and use a relatively less common font, then send this font
together with document file (only legal if the font's license permits, which
some do), or
- Save to .odt and point recipient to websites where font can be legally and
freely downloaded.

If it isn't going to be a feature in OOo, then perhaps the Help could be
expanded to explain these options? (If no expert is available for this task,
I would volunteer to do a first draft... but I'm strictly a novice at this.)

Many websites and pages tackle the topic of typography. I have about two
dozen bookmarks in my Firefox of type websites including repositories with
free fonts (I think the most liberal license is called SIL) and typography

Recently, for example,  published an article listing eight such websites.

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