When saving an Illustrator file which contains some text as SVG, the text is converted to outlines. How can this be avoided? It is possible in Inkscape.

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  • Have you already converted the font to outlines before you have tried to save it as svg (Can you still edit the text in illustrator)? My svg options dialog looks slightly different and produces the desired output. Are you using the latest version of illustrator?
    – ofhouse
    Apr 3, 2017 at 17:43
  • I did not convert it. How can I restore the defaults without reinstalling? Apr 3, 2017 at 17:47
  • I reinstalled illustrator but it's still not working(when I uninstalled it I chose to delete preferences). Your svg options dialog look different because I clicked "more options". I am using 2015 verison. Apr 3, 2017 at 18:10
  • Which font do you use? Apr 3, 2017 at 18:11
  • Tested it with the same font as used in your example. Noticed that some individual characters were transformed in position when exported to svg, maybe older versions of Illustrator could not handle that correctly and convert them to outlines. Have you tried using another font?
    – ofhouse
    Apr 4, 2017 at 10:57

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I changed the language to English and now it's working! (and I still can to write in non-English language) (:

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I have had the same problem for more than a year now, where Illustrator seems to randomly convert some text to path when exporting to SVG. (There are some patterns in this random behaviour though, it often happens when texts contain sub/superscript or when they are multiline, separated by soft returns).

It seems to be solved by using the Save As dialog instead of the Export for Screens dialog. When Saving As, the 'more options' you can choose for All Glyphs under Fonts > Subsetting. Now all text is saved as text, and not sometimes as outlines.

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