# [texhax] How to use fonts in LaTeX ...

Mon Jan 31 14:08:14 CET 2005

On Jan 29, 2005, at 12:10 PM, Anand Sengupta wrote:

> I apologize if my question sounds too amateurish for the experts in
> this mailing list.
>
> I would like to use nice fonts for my thesis - currently I am using a
> template thesis that has lines like
> {\fontsize{20}{22}\usefont{OT1}{phv}{bc}{n}\selectfont\par\vspace*{0.1c
> m}{ Doctor of Philosophy in Physics}}
> where the helvetica font has been used. I am guessing that phv stands
> for helvetica in LaTeX-ese, bc is for bold and n is normal (i.e not
> italics). I hope I am right.

> Where can I find the code names for other fonts (AvantGarde for
> example). Can someone please send me an example (like the above) of
> using other fonts in LaTeX ?

You system should have the psnfss documentation on it --- if you read
that you'll get the answers to the above.

You should have a file psnfss2e.pdf or .dvi somewhere on your system in
a path like:

texmf/doc/latex/psnfss

> Finally, much as I admire the mathematical equations produced by
> LaTeX, why is it so hard and vexing to use fonts in LaTeX ? Why can't
> there be a simple human understandable way of doing it ?

Because typesetting mathematics requires more characters than are
made available by typical font interfaces, and Unicode is a fairly
recent thing in terms of TeX's history and no one has yet finished a