[texhax] Arial fonts with NFSS

William F. Adams wadams at atlis.com
Thu May 26 17:30:27 CEST 2005

On May 26, 2005, at 3:46 AM, Giuseppe.Angilella at ct.infn.it wrote:

> I should write a paper using the Arial font (both text and math). On 
> other occasions, I used psnfss, specifically
> \usepackage{times} % for text
> \usepackage{mathptm} % for math (actually, both)
> for text+math in Times. Other possibilities seem to be
> \usepackage{palatino}
> \usepackage{newcent}
> \usepackage{bookman}
> \usepackage{avant}
> \usepackage{helvet}
> but no "arial".

Arial is a metrically compatible stand-in for Helvetica.

> Do I have to write my own arial.sty? Will I find the necessary metric 
> and virtual fonts on my system?
> Thanks for any help/suggestion.

use the helvet package, (you may need to reset the rm and other 
defaults) and get Donald Arseneau's sansmath.sty package from CTAN to 
make it work in math mode and you should be set --- if you don't embed 
the fonts in the .pdf and open it on a machine w/ Arial, but no 
Helvetica, Arial will then be used as a replacement.


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