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Q1: Does SVG come bundled with any fonts I can use?
A1: SVG is not a technology that comes “bundled”; it is a recommendation, allowing anyone to develop code using it, and does not exist as a software package able to be purchased. Thus, no fonts are bundled and ready to use with SVG. However, you can visit http://www.svgnow.com/ to download freely available CEF and SVG Fonts, able to be used with the Adobe SVG Viewer.
Q2:How do I create CEF fonts?
A2: Currently, only Adobe products, such as Illustrator, have the ability to create CEF fonts. You will need to use one of their programs to create the CEF. Both Illustrator 9 and 10 come with excellent tutorials explaining the various settings available for exporting CEF fonts. Remember, however, that CEF fonts can be viewed only with the Adobe SVG Viewer.
Q3:Flash can embed fonts in its documents as well. What's so special about SVG's ability to retain typographic information?
A3: One of the reasons Flash is so popular with designers is its ability to embed typefaces within its exported SWF files. The main difference, then, between the two is that SVG's font information is available to edit and share.

For instance, SVG stores its characters within the glyph element in syntax that is easily discernible (if you already know SVG). A designer can then quickly modify a single character if the supplied typeface does not provide the desired results—a feat not easily replicated in Flash (without a font creation program, such as Macromedia's long-defunct Fontographer).

Also, according to the SVG Recommendation, an SVG Font stored in one file can be accessed by other SVG documents. Although this feature is not yet supported by the Adobe viewer (referencing CEF files is currently possible), the ability to reduce file sizes and downloads by eliminating duplicate content is a welcome feature. Currently, Flash embeds its typographic information in each file it exports; it has no way to share that font across several files.


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