I am using version 3.0.12 , I have made an XML file and I am using Arial Black and Arial Bold fonts but mapnik was not rendering those fonts. So , I changed the fonts to DejaVu Sans Book and then all my labels are showing up . Why is it so, since Arial Black and Arial Bold are very common fonts?

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According to Wikipedia, Arial fonts are a proprietary typeface. It's likely that Mapnik doesn't have the license to package Arial fonts with the software.

Mapnik ships with the DejaVu fonts instead. You can add other fonts. See this page.

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