[OS X TeX] General Font Question

Manuel libros at limay.de
Sat Mar 13 05:21:57 EST 2010

Franck, I'm not sure I understand you. Is this code supposed to  
enable you to use any font installed in the OS?

The example worked fine with Zapfino but not with Provence.

Also please excuse my ingorance: the two first lines are commented  
out, so I don't get whether I'm supposed to use them or not.


Am 13/03/2010 um 10:59 schrieb Richard J Benish:

>> Le 13 mars 10 à 09:11, Richard J Benish a écrit :
>>> So why can't LaTex work with the same ease? Why can't fonts that  
>>> are readily available for graphics applications (and even word  
>>> processors, etc.) be made readily available in LaTex?
>> They are if you use XeLaTeX and its fontspec package.
>> Try this, for example:
>> % !TEX encoding = UTF-8 Unicode
>> % !TEX TS-program = xelatex
>> \documentclass{article}
>> \usepackage{xltxtra}% loads also fontspec
>> \setmainfont{Zapfino}
>> \begin{document}
>> Zapfino is wonderful!
>> \end{document}
>> In argument of fontspec's \setmainfont command, you only have to  
>> put the name of the font available in your Mac OS system.
>>> I'd guess LaTex would have many more users if font loading were  
>>> not so daunting. I've never even tried loading a new font for  
>>> LaTex because I don't understand how, and the many challenging  
>>> experiences communicated on this list are a big disincentive to  
>>> bother.
>> Even with pdfLaTeX, a \usepackage{} is often sufficient. For example,
>> \usepackage{fourier}
>> loads the beautiful Utopia-Fourier text/math fonts.
>> See the LaTeX font catalogue for a comprehensive list of the fonts  
>> available with LaTeX and how to use them:
>> http://www.tug.dk/FontCatalogue/
>> Hope that helps,
>> Franck Pastor
> Thank you very much.
> I am presently studying for 3 final exams. During Spring Break, I  
> think I'll try your advice. Perhaps my fear has only been borne of  
> ignorance (as it so often is).
> Richard Benish
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