Fonts used in the document must be embedded in the document

Rule ID: fonts-embed
Ruleset: axe-pdf 2.0
User Impact: Serious
Guidelines: PDF/UA

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Compliance Data & Impact

User Impact


Disabilities Affected

  • Blind
  • Deafblind
  • Mobility


  • PDF/UA

    How to Fix the Problem

    In Adobe Acrobat Pro:

    1. Go to Tools > Print Production > Preflight.
    2. Select the Adobe Acrobat Pro DC 2015 Profiles library.
    3. On the Profiles tab, select the individual fixup wrench icon.
    4. Navigate to and expand the Document menu and select Embed missing fonts.
    5. Click the Fix button.
    6. Save and replace the file.

    Why it Matters

    Embedding fonts in your PDF means that your document will display as you intended.

    Rule Description

    If certain fonts are used that may not be standard, these fonts must be embedded in the document so that the document will be displayed in a consistent way to all users.

    The Algorithm (in simple terms)

    Fonts must be embedded in your document.


    Refer to the complete list of axe 2.0 rules.

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