[XeTeX] simple font installation question
andmos at gmail.com
Mon Apr 21 16:49:04 CEST 2008
To install a font to your computer, go to C:\WINDOWS\fonts, then File
> Install New Font... But this is not enough to make the font seen by
XeTeX, you must also run "fc-cache" at the command prompt. It is also
possible to use fonts without installing them into the Windows font
folder, see fontspec's ExternalLocation feature or you can put them in
another folder that is searched by fc-cache.
Chinese fonts can be easily searched using terms e.g. "下载" (download)
"字库" (font) or Foundry names like "方正" (FangZheng). The best sites are
in Chinese (naturally). The first hit Google gave me is <a
and this has a link to <a
I would be very surprised if there exists a Chinese font that doesn't
include bopomofo and pinyin. You can type the characters directly into
your file and they will be understood. Do you have a keyboard layout
or some other input method that will type e.g. pinyin tones? As for a
font that has pinyin or bopomofo built into each character, I'm not
sure such fonts exist. I don't know how to manually do Ruby text
(which is what this is).
Specialised fonts that have dashed strokes I imagine are very rare,
again if they exist! Such effects can be achieved by working in some
graphic editing software like Illustrator. Really, after students
learn a few dozen characters, they will have developed a Chinese
handwriting technique and these pedagogical methods are abandoned,
which would not justify designing an entire font of many thousands of
characters in this way. The technique I have seen in practice books
have the characters printed lightly in its square divided into 4
smaller squares so they can be easily traced.
As far as I know, all fonts will be embedded in the PDF. The size
increase by embedding a new font depends on the number of characters
(and their complexities) that are used. Don't worry a lot about file
size, the PDFs will still be relatively small.
There are packages that can be used to help with Chinese typesetting,
zhspacing, for example. Other people might discuss them. It has been a
couple of years since I last typed a Chinese document (Before I began
to use LaTeX!), so I would be of limited help there.
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