# [OS X TeX] [off-topic] best font set for using Times?

Gary L. Gray gray at engr.psu.edu
Tue May 8 17:57:11 EDT 2007

On May 7, 2007, at 2:44 PM, Gary L. Gray wrote:

> I am seeking guidance from those of you who really know font
> aesthetics. :-)
>
> We have been using Computer/Latin Modern as the font for the
> textbooks we are writing. Given that we have nothing better to do,
> our publisher has recently decided that Times is the font that they
> want to use. :-) Since we want a *full* set of fonts to use with
> AmS-LaTeX, we did some searching and found the MathTime
> Professional 2 Fonts from the PCTeX folks at:
>
> http://www.pctex.com/mtpro2.html
>
> We have purchased the fonts and have implemented them, but we must
> say that we don't find the kerning to be as good as with Latin
> Modern and the subscript and superscript placement in mathematics
> looks sloppy. Are we hallucinating? Is character placement *really*
> not as good? Are the MathTime Professional 2 Fonts the best set to
> be using for implementing Times in LaTeX?
>
> Any advice/input would be greatly appreciated.
>
> All the best,
>   Gary

I want to thank everyone who replied to my original query (see
above). I am still digesting the responses, but one off-list response
mentioned the Minion Pro fonts as a possibility. I checked it out,
installed it, and have implemented in the manuscript I mention above.
Minion has caught the attention of my publisher, but now I have run
into another problem.

Using Minion Pro as the serif font and Myriad Pro as the sans serif
font, I am getting some very nice looking output. The example
problems in the manuscript have historically been typeset using
\small, but that is too small with the Minion Pro fonts. Therefore, I
am using:

\fontsize{9.3}{11.3}\selectfont

to typeset them. This looks good, but when I typeset the entire
manuscript, I get:

! Font OML/MinionPro-TOsF/m/it/2.325=MinionPro-Mixed-l1-oml at
ed: Not enough room left.
relax
l.957 ...d units, units of \$\unc[-]{kg}{m/s\$^{2}\$}
\$. In the \acro
{U.S.} Cust...

which, of course, means that I am loading more fonts than TeX can
handle. When I typeset enough of the manuscript, TeX fails and the
log shows:

1199940 words of font info for 720 fonts, out of 1200000 for 2000

The LaTeX Companion states that I can tell TeX that I don't need math
at certain sizes, such as for 36pt, using:

\DeclareMathSizes{36}{}{}{}

Unfortunately, I have no idea what font sizes are used for section
and chapter headings and I am unable to find the relevant info in the
Minion Pro .sty files.

How can I fix this?

All the best,
Gary