# [OS X TeX] MInion Pro - fullfamily problems

Michael Sharpe msharpe at ucsd.edu
Sat Apr 28 19:01:38 CEST 2012

On Apr 28, 2012, at 9:41 AM, Richard Seguin wrote:

> Michael,
>
> I decided to complete the Minion Pro family by obtaining the medium weight, giving me all four weights, for use with LaTeX and Pages. I tested the new version of TeXFontUtility by uninstalling Minion Pro and reinstalling with all four weights. That went smoothly, and I got the correct encoding files this time.
>
> I'm scratching my head again though, this time wondering how to access the medium weight in LaTeX. When I was using medfamily, I was using one of two techniques for accessing all of regular, semibold, and bold:
>
> \renewcommand*{\bfdefault}{eb}
> \def\semib#1{{\fontseries{sb}\selectfont #1}}
>
> or
>
> \def\ebold#1{{\fontseries{eb}\selectfont #1}}
>
> Now, if I try, for example,
>
> \renewcommand*{\bfdefault}{eb}
> \def\semib#1{{\fontseries{sb}\selectfont #1}}
> \def\medw#1{{\fontseries{m}\selectfont #1}}
>
> \medw{ } has no effect, i.e., A and \medw{A} typeset at the same (regular) weight. (Interestingly, I can use any text string for the series, i.e. \def\medw#1{{\fontseries{xyz}\selectfont #1}}, and I get no error --- it still typesets at regular weight.)
>
> Actually, I'm not even certain that \fontseries{m} even refers to the medium weight family.
>
> Any ideas? Anyone?
>

Medium is usually denoted by mb (ie, medium bold) and m refers to what is normally called regular weight. You'd have to examine the fd files in detail to check what the package writers used in this case if mb fails. The reason you can use any string is that the default in case of a missing weight is usually declared to be regular.

Michael



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