[OS X TeX] It is possible to use UCS free Unicode fonts with XeTeX (FreeSans, FreeSerif, etc)

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Tue Feb 13 03:19:15 EST 2007

On 13 Feb 2007, at 2:12 am, Signups wrote:
> The fonts I chose to use are from the UCS free font collection,  
> i.e. FreeSans, FreeSerif and FreeMono.  XeTeX *will* produce PDF  
> files using these fonts, if I use the command "\font 
> \freeserif=FreeSerif at 12pt".   The problem is that mktextfm  
> cannot generate font metrics, and thus every time I generate the  
> PDF file, it takes a good half a minute.  The log results I get are  
> listed below.

Put quotes around the font name, as in

    \font\freeserif="FreeSerif" at 12pt

Reason: without quotes, it looks like a traditional \font  
declaration, and xetex first looks for FreeSerif.tfm -- and then the  
mktextfm machinery kicks in to try and build it. But with a quoted  
name, xetex assumes you mean a "real font name" rather than a tfm file.


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