[Mac OS X TeX] fonts and ligatures

William Adams wadams at atlis.com
Tue Sep 4 14:33:17 CEST 2001

cyril.niklaus said:

> I'm trying to get some ligatures here, which supposedly are
> automatically created. Well, this is not happening.
> Can anyone tell me which are the fonts that provide all the following
> ligatures (it seems some have f + i, but that's is).
> I'm looking for (the usual ones):
> f + i
> f +l
> f + f but mostly
> c + t
> s + t.

fi and fl should be in most fonts one purchases (at the least, a letter
pair for the hard-coded slot). The others are unusual and typically
limited to ``expert'' font sets, so this matter is font-specific as you
surmise. Adobe is decent about doing expert sets, as are some other

The selection is large enough one need no longer pick a font merely on
the availability of an expert set (when I bought Adobe Garamond it was
the only font so available, hence my purchase), so the question becomes
what sort of font would you like?

I've some .pdfs on this sort of thing on my personal web-site,
look in the portfolio for ``One Typeface: Many Fonts'' and ``Typeface


William Adams, publishing specialist
ATLIS Graphics & Design / 717-731-6707 voice / 717-731-6708 fax
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