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In my notebook, I have Open Sans (a free font) as a text font and Consolas (a paid font) as a code font. Those fonts are coded into the stylesheet of my notebook. My question is: if I send someone a copy of my notebook, will it be rendered in those fonts or will they become default Mathematica fonts (IIRC Arial and Courier--yuck!)?

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To my knowledge fonts are not embedded in notebooks. Cannot test right now though, but using the standard fonts would be the safe alternative for sharing. –  Yves Klett Jun 1 at 11:41
    
Thank you. I plan to share my notebook and that's what I was afraid of. I'm trying to use common fonts that still look nice, and I'm struggling to find a fixed-width font beside Courier that will render across operating systems. –  seismatica Jun 1 at 12:28
    
I guess you will have to test how that works out. Perhaps someone with more know-how will be able to chime in. –  Yves Klett Jun 1 at 12:42
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If it would be possible to embed Consolas I wonder about its legality. My guess is the receiver would need to have these installed as well. –  Sjoerd C. de Vries Jun 1 at 15:12
    
Here is a list of font substitution in MMA: reference.wolfram.com/mathematica/ref/FontSubstitutions.html. I guess if a notebook had a font that's not in one's computer, MMA will attempt to substitute it with a different font found in this rule. –  seismatica Jun 4 at 14:24

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