[XeTeX] Font calls in XeteX (2008 distribution)

John Was john.was at ntlworld.com
Wed Apr 15 07:24:14 CEST 2009

Dear Jonathan and others

Many thanks - panic over (this tends to happen when I'm daft enough to think 
I can rise at 5.30 and still sensibly be at my desk at 9.30).  I had had a 
go at putting in quotes, but alas at the wrong end-point; and then there was 
the mention of semicolons (rather than colons) which I found in one 
reference document, so I thought it was time to call in the heavies...   Who 
as usual have come up with the answer right away.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jonathan Kew" <jfkthame at googlemail.com>
To: "Unicode-based TeX for Mac OS X and other platforms" <xetex at tug.org>
Sent: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 10:00 PM
Subject: Re: [XeTeX] Font calls in XeteX (2008 distribution)

> 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.
>> 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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