[texhax] Using TrueType fonts in LaTeX

Stefan Björk stefan.bjork at gmail.com
Mon May 11 22:03:59 CEST 2009

This is a frequent question and I have read numerous articles and
hotwos on the internet, but still fail.

What I want to do is to create versions of Georgia (jgi) and Verdana
(jvn) fonts for use with LaTeX. It works fairly well with pdfTeX
(which have native support for TrueType fonts), but I can't get this
to work with DVI files. In MikTeX, it does not work at all, and in
texlive the font encoding seem corrupted (for example, the character
'h' is displayed as something completely different).

How can I install TrueType fonts in LaTeX with working DVI support?
Converting them to PostScript? Using fontinst (which is a competent
but complex beast)? Or has someone already gone through the work of
adapting the Microsoft core fonts for LaTeX and can send me the
relevant files?


2009/2/20 Stefan Björk <stefan.bjork at gmail.com>:
> I have managed to install some of the Microsoft core fonts in TeX
> (texlive and MikTeX), namely Georgia (jgi) and Verdana (jvn). This
> works well with pdfTeX, but when ordinary TeX and DVI files are used,
> the wrong glyphs are used for non ASCII characets.
> I guess this is a matter of using the ttf2tfm tools correctly, but
> this is a quite complicated tool that requires knowledge about
> typesetting and truetype fonts that I do not have.
> Has someone succeeded in creating working TFM files for Microsoft TTF
> files, with working ligatures and european latin characters?
> /S

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