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Thu, May 12, 2016 at 9:51:45 PM | Archival Fonts?

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Hello all-

I work in a three person firm. Two of us don't like the font we use (RomanD). 

Apparently we are using it because we think it is better for digital archiving, ie, we think that in 20 years when all the software is different this font won't get messed up. I have poked around online to find out what the deal is, hoping I could find a different font that meets the same criteria... but I haven't found anything backing up this idea that some fonts are better for archiving than others. It sounds like if we want our PDFs to be stable, we should be using the PDF/A format and embed our fonts, but it shouldn't matter which font we use. 

Am I missing something? Has anyone heard anything about archival quality fonts? If you haven't, it would be helpful for me to hear that.

 


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Fri, May 13, 2016 at 12:44:48 PM | Archival Fonts?

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We use Ariel for almost everything.  Not that we really like it but it is the most accepted font.  Specialty fonts do cause problems if they are not available to the end user.   But, I would think if you have the rights to use of the font, you could archive it with the file.


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Fri, May 13, 2016 at 3:42:00 PM | Archival Fonts?

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We are in the process of switching over to Aerial to avoid similar problems we are having right now.


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Wed, May 18, 2016 at 10:57:04 PM | Archival Fonts?

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That's great feedback. It sounds like there is concern about the usability of files for end users in the present (or near future), but concern about usability in 20-30 years is not something that is on your radar.


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Thu, May 19, 2016 at 11:32:24 AM | Archival Fonts?

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I'm not sure you will ever be able to plan for problems 20-30 years down the road.  Technology changes so much even from year to year that I can't imagine what we will be doing with Revit or possible a different program 30 years from now.


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