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Frode Bo Helland's picture
Joined: 26 Feb 2007 - 1:03pm
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Could embedding a font with the use of PHP be regarded as read-only?

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Joined: 8 May 2003 - 2:39pm
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What do you mean be "PHP embedding"? Creating images on the fly? PDFs?
Where? On a webserver?

Łukasz Dziedzic's picture
Joined: 25 Aug 2005 - 5:38am
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Only one way I know: PHP + gd (library) with enabled freetype and t1lib.
The result is pixel image.

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Joined: 11 Apr 2002 - 6:37pm
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Most font vendors wouldn't consider Web server based rendering “embedding” as such, but it doesn’t fit into the normal/traditional EULA model either - where you're counting users and maybe output devices. For this reason Ascender and others do licenses fonts under a per-Web-server license.

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Joined: 26 Feb 2007 - 1:03pm
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PHP embedding is a bad term. I mean creating an image with text in it dynamically using PHP. To do so you need to have the font files on your web server. Could a skilled programmer find the files and download them?

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You need to check the EULA for "server use" not "embedding". As Sii already said this sort of use usually requires an additional server license.

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>Could a skilled programmer find the files and download them?

If the server is pwned by a hacker - so are the fonts. But unless these are super secret proprietary fonts, that's likely to be inconsequential. There are easier ways to steal fonts.

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Joined: 29 Mar 2007 - 3:37pm
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Why not use sIFR instead?

Frode Bo Helland's picture
Joined: 26 Feb 2007 - 1:03pm
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In that case, I'd need to purchase an extra license. I might just have to anyway, cause PHP seems to mess up anti alias for dark coloured text.