[OS X TeX] Minion and Minion Pro

Richard Seguin riseguin at earthlink.net
Wed Apr 11 05:51:41 CEST 2012

This is just a few notes about use of Minion Pro and the MinionPro package for anyone who might be curious.

(1) If you're using this for mathematics, you have to use the "lf" option in the MinionPro package in order for superscripts to be positioned correctly.

(2) The "swash" option tells MinionPro to use the swash capitals included in the Minion Pro typeface for \mathcal. This is a nice calligraphic set that's designed to match the weight and style of the rest of the Minion Pro typeface. However, the swash letters C, O, and S are too close to the italic versions, and if you're using \mathcal to distinguish a certain class of mathematical object, the use of those three letters use could be confusing.

(3) In my previous post I noted that the curly script boondox was a better match in weight than rsfs for Minion Pro. (The Y is slightly too heavy, but the font works well overall.) boondox can be downloaded and installed with TeX Live Utility if you don't already have it.

(4) When I use Minion Pro, the "swash" option for \mathcal, and boondox for \mathscr, I get a product that is much better typographically unified than I did with the standard CM, euler, and rsfs fonts.

Richard Séguin

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