[OS X TeX] available fonts & how to invoke?

Michael Sharpe msharpe at ucsd.edu
Fri Mar 16 04:44:58 CET 2012

On Mar 15, 2012, at 2:47 PM, Nestor E. Aguilera wrote:

> Some fonts do not have the "italic correction" properly set. E.g, \emph{i}) will not be produced correctly with fourier or the mathdesign variants (utopia, charter, garamond).

I haven't looked carefully at anything but utopia, but I think the problem lies with the original metrics provided with those fonts. It is not only \emph{i} that runs too close to the following glyph (eg, \emph{i}?) in a number of cases, but the space between words in ordinary roman text can be much too small for comfortable on-screen reading, in my opinion. If you like Utopia's rather austere, unornamented style in all other respects, you might wish to check out the comments by Walter Schmidt (the PSNFSS guru) at


He provides a package of alternative metrics and virtual fonts to improve their appearance, plus a replacement for parts of the fourier package making use of his rather than the original Utopia metrics. (He increased the space between letters by a small amount and the interword space by a larger amount.) 

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