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Changing fonts in Miktex

  1. Nov 23, 2005 #1
    I've been trying, unsuccessfully, to figure out how to use different fonts in Latex documents.

    It seems that the standard distribution comes with a nice selection of fonts
    (see ftp://tug.ctan.org/pub/tex-archive/info/fontsampler/sampler.pdf ) but apparently only 10 people in the world know how to use them. Hopefully, at least one of the initiated is a PF-er.

    I see that there are commands like \fontfamily{} and \selectfont. And I see in my Miktex\fonts\source directory various subdirectories with names like \ams, \tfm, \type1, \vf, and in sub-subdirectories under those there are numerous files with extensions .mf, .tfm, .pfb, .vf, which I imagine must be the fonts.

    I've looked in various tutorials, like http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/info/beginlatex/beginlatex.pdf
    and
    http://www.physics.umn.edu/support/doc/latex/lshort.pdf
    but I can't figure out exactly what to put into those commands, how to connect a fontname with the corresponding filename, or how the Latex concepts of fontfamily and fontshape relate to specific font designs.

    In particular, I'd like to use a few characters from the Calligraphic font in the "Other Scripts Collection" near the bottom of page 2 of the ctan.org "sampler.pdf" in the first link above. How???
     
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2005
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 23, 2005 #2
    Well, this is probably not the best way to do it, but I found a command to load a font, & (amazing luck) on the first try I found the font I was looking for.

    Here are commands for several fonts that were in the "small miktex" package. If you use miktex you might want to paste them into a document & see what they do.

    Code (Text):
    \documentclass[12 pt]{article}

    \begin{document}

    rsfs10 (apparently this one has caps only):

    \font\testA = rsfs10
    \testA ABCDEabcde

    \normalfont bigger:

    \font\testb = rsfs10  scaled \magstep 1
    \testb  ABCDEabcde

    \normalfont still bigger:

    \font\testc = rsfs10  scaled \magstep 2
    \testc ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

    \normalfont cmr10:

    \font\testl = cmr10 scaled \magstep 1
    \testl ABCDEFGHIJKL abcdefghijkl

    \normalfont cmmi10:

    \font\testd = cmmi10 scaled \magstep 1
    \testd ABCDEFGHIJKL abcdefghijkl

    \normalfont
    cmbx10:

    \font\testn = cmbx10 scaled \magstep 1
    \testn testing one two

    \normalfont xbmc10 (this one is interesting):

    \font\teste = xbmc10   scaled \magstep 1
    \teste ZYXWVUTSRQPONMLKJ

    \testn testing one two \teste owt eno gnitset

    \normalfont

    back to normalfont

    \font\testf = pcrr7tn % scaled \magstep 2
    \testf pcrr7tn PCRR7TN

    \font\testg = pcrr8tn % scaled \magstep 2
    \testg pcrr8tn PCRR8TN

    \font\testh = zplmr7t % scaled \magstep 2
    \testh zplmr7t

    \font\testi = aett10 % scaled \magstep 2
    \testi aett10 AETT10

    \font\testj = aessi10 % scaled \magstep 2
    \testj aessi10 AESSI10

    % \font\testk = bchr8t % scaled \magstep 2
     bchr8t BCHR8T wanted to install public domain adobe fonts

    %\font\testk = putrc8t % scaled \magstep 2
    putrc8t wanted to install miktex/tm/packages

    \font\testk = putr8c % scaled \magstep 2
    \testk putr8c

    \normalfont
    above was printed by "putr8c"


    \font\testz = cmbsy7  scaled \magstep 1
    \testz cmbsy7 TLSR

    \normalfont
    above was printed by "cmbsy7"

    \font\testm = aesl10 % scaled \magstep 1
    \testm aesl10

    \end{document}
     
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2005
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