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  1. PDFBox
  2. PDFBOX-3618

Helvetica in PDF/A - warn in PDType1Font.java about licensing issues

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    • Type: Improvement
    • Status: Closed
    • Priority: Minor
    • Resolution: Fixed
    • Affects Version/s: 2.0.3
    • Fix Version/s: 2.0.4, 3.0.0 PDFBox
    • Component/s: None
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      Description

      PDType1Font.java has a predefined list of fonts like Times-Roman, Helvetica, Courier, Symbol and ZapfDingbats.

      When creating a pdf/A, the font is embedded and not taken from the reader's operating system.
      As per https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helvetica_(Schriftart) , this may lead to a licensing issue.

      Suggestions:
      1) Use a free font such as
      https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nimbus_Sans_L instead
      2) at least warn in JavaDoc about the issue

      Or is it an non-issue?

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            • Assignee:
              msahyoun Maruan Sahyoun
              Reporter:
              hauser@acm.org Ralf Hauser
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