[OS X TeX] Nice, sans-serif condensed (non-bold) font?

William F. Adams wadams at atlis.com
Mon Mar 14 13:56:34 EST 2005

On Mar 14, 2005, at 1:23 PM, Doug Fields wrote:

> Is there a way (with G.W.'s i-Installer packages installed) to get a 
> clean-looking, condensed, sans-serif font?
> The closest things I've found are:
> \fontfamily{cmss}\fontseries{sbc}\selectfont
> 	and
> \fontfamily{phv}\fontseries{mc}\selectfont
> The first of which uses the semi-bold, condensed Computer Modern. It's 
> almost what I want, but without the semi-bold. (It's also not my 
> favorite font, but I care more about the right type of font than the 
> particular font I use.) The second is Helvetica Narrow. The problem 
> with this font seems to be that the "ex" height is greater than the 
> regular fonts, despite the characters being more narrow, making text 
> lines which mix fonts look very odd.

Look at psnfss2e.pdf and look at the ``scaled'' option for the package 
for Helvetica.

> Does anyone know a way to LaTeX to generate a document of all 
> installed fonts on the system?

There's been discussions of scripts for doing that sort of thing in the 

Better to just look up the extant samplers (from 



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