[XeTeX] Mac OS X Savoye

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Wed Dec 7 13:51:44 CET 2005

On 28 Nov 2005, at 6:43 am, Adam Twardoch wrote:

> Jonathan Kew wrote:
>> Ugh -- I've never seen an actual font name with a colon in it! (Or  
>> period, I think.) Both of those may present problems.
> Unfortunately, some of the older Letraset/ITC fonts have such names  
> and they're still being sold. They were bundled with a variety of  
> products so they will be around for quite some time. Altogether, I  
> believe allowing esacpe sequences (\., \:) or alternatively,  
> allowing to address a font by its path name would be a remedy.
>> The "1.0" looks suspiciously like a version number, which  
>> shouldn't normally be included in a font name; there's a separate  
>> field for version information in the fonts. So (assuming this is  
>> indeed version information, not really part of the actual name,  
>> conceptually), one could argue that the font is incorrect.
> It is correct. Colon and period are legal characters in terms of  
> the font format specification. So they can appear in family or full  
> names, though it's obviously not recommended. They should not  
> appear in PostScript font names. In this particular case, the PS  
> Font Name is "SavoyeLetPlain", the family name is "Savoye LET" and  
> the full name is "Savoye LET Plain:1.0".

To follow up on this thread: XeTeX version 0.99 can locate fonts by  
Family or PostScript names in addition to Full names, so it should be  
able to access this font as either "Savoye LET" or "SavoyeLetPlain".  
(Haven't tried this myself, as I haven't installed those fonts.)


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