[OS X TeX] CM Super, Latin Modern

Roussanka Loukanova rloukano at stp.lingfil.uu.se
Thu Jan 18 10:36:12 EST 2007

On Thu, 18 Jan 2007, Peter Dyballa wrote:

>>>> I do not want to use CM Super unintentionally
>>> You should be glad about having them installed: clear PDF output 
>>> readable in any viewer! And the document is finished at once, once you 
>>> forgot to use Latin Modern or some PostScript fonts (which do not always 
>>> substitute super- or subscripts, footnote marks, maths ...), no need to 
>>> create the missing PK fonts first.
>> Then, what should one do to make sure that CM Super is the default?

> CM Super is not a default, CM (Computer Modern) is the default. To ease our 
> life to make TeX output readable CM Super was created.
>> How to know which (CM Super or Latin Modern) is the default for a TeX 
>> distribution and usage?
> It's none of them yet, so there is no need to know whether it's this or that 
> substitute.
>> And how to switch from one to another, if needed?
> \usepackage{lmodern} switches in LaTeX to Latin Modern. Similiar statements 
> switch to other TrueType or PostScript fonts.

> Loading no foreign font makes 
> you use CM (Computer Modern). Once the CM-Super fonts are installed the MAP 
> files are changed so that pdfTeX, dvips, (x)dvipdfm(x) use CM-Super instead 
> of CM.
>> If I include \usepackage{lmodern} in the preamble of a tex file (e.g., 
>> test1-url-lmodern.tex), then in the output buffer I see something like:
>> with gwTeX:
>> (/usr/local/gwTeX/texmf.texlive/tex/latex/lm/lmodern.sty)
>> with TeXLive:
>> (/usr/local/texlive/2007/texmf-dist/tex/latex/lm/lmodern.sty)
> These come from the "\usepackage{lmodern}" statement.
>> If I comment out \usepackage{lmodern} in the tex file, I do not see which 
>> one is the default (CM Super or Latin Modern, etc).

> There can usually be only one default CM. CM-Super is an add-on.
>> By the way, what would be the declaration in the preamble of a tex file 
>> for CM Super?

> Not loading any other font, so it's rather a non-declaration that assures the 
> use of CM.

>From the above (1)-(4), I can conclude that by having installed (e.g., via
i-Installer) CM-Super, with no font declarations in the preamble of a tex
file, CM-Super is used as an add to the CM. I.e., some overriding, or 
expending (the default) CM.

Right? It seems to me, Bruno's explanation fits into it.


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