[XeTeX] Font calls in XeteX (2008 distribution)

Pander pander at users.sourceforge.net
Tue Apr 14 23:25:12 CEST 2009

Jonathan Kew wrote:
> On 14 Apr 2009, at 21:48, John Was wrote:
>> Hello
>> Having installed the 2008 distribution of XeTeX on a spare computer  
>> some time ago, I decided to go live with it this evening, and find  
>> that my font calls are not picking up instructions such as tex-text  
>> mapping.  Has the syntax changed?  Or, more easily perhaps, what is  
>> wrong with the following?
>> \font \umirninepointfive = MinionPro-Regular:+onum:mapping=tex- 
>> text:letterspace=1.5 at 9.5pt
> Use quotes:
>    \font \umirninepointfive = "MinionPro-Regular:+onum:mapping=tex- 
> text:letterspace=1.5" at 9.5pt
> Though is "MinionPro-Regular" the actual font name (not filename)? I  
> would have expected something more like "Minion Pro". So probably:
>    \font \umirninepointfive = "Minion Pro:+onum:mapping=tex- 
> text:letterspace=1.5" at 9.5pt
> Could be that either will work, though; fonts often have multiple names.

How can one, from an XeTeX perspective, list all the available font names?

>> I get error messages at the console, saying that : is not valid in a  
>> font name.
>> When using the 2007 distribution I used to specify the precise  
>> location of the font on my computer, thus:
>> \font \umirninepointfive = [d:/texfiles/outlfont/MinionPro-Regular]: 
>> +onum:mapping=tex-text:letterspace=1.5 at 9.5pt
> Likewise:
>    \font \umirninepointfive = "[d:/texfiles/outlfont/MinionPro- 
> Regular]:+onum:mapping=tex-text:letterspace=1.5" at 9.5pt
>> This was discouraged, I think, by some users (and I was told that it  
>> might be part of the problem with calling PSTricks).  It likewise  
>> generated error messages at the console (this time complaining that  
>> [ is not allowed in a font).  But nevertheless I got valid output so  
>> I didn't treat the messagese as anything serious.  But now the  
>> output is incorrect:  I get ` and ' instead of true quotation marks,  
>> double hyphens instead of enrules, and the letterspacing isn't  
>> invoked (the font looks too cramped without some spacing).  So it  
>> appears that all the features I'm trying to invoke are being ignored.
>> I'm sure it's something simple but I haven't yet discovered what it  
>> is!  Help much appreciated.
> Not sure if there will be other issues, but using quotes should  
> improve your odds of success. Without them, xetex first tries for  
> a .tfm with the name you've given, and if you have TeX configured to  
> auto-generate tfms, it's passing that name on to mktextfm, which then  
> complains. If you use quotes, it will try for an installed font first  
> rather than a tfm file.
> JK
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