[XeTeX] ttf and otf?

David J. Perry hospes.primus at verizon.net
Wed Jul 1 05:01:29 CEST 2009


First off, eliminate the possibility that the fonts got messed up during the 
conversion process; that could happen, depending on how the font is 
structured internally and on the software you used for the conversion.  If 
you haven't already done so, confirm that they work properly in OpenOffice 
and in a simple text editor.

Those who know more about Linux will provide better info (I work only on 
Windows and Mac) but having different versions of a font (with the same 
name, I presume; I mean the display name, not the font file name) installed 
in the system at the same time does NOT sound like a good idea. It sounds 
like you have both versions installed; is that right?  (Windows and Mac 
don't allow you to install fonts with identical names.)  Having them in the 
same folder could be dangerous, but I suspect the more serious issue may be 
the identical names; when you ask for Foo, how is the system supposed to 
know which one you want?

So I would deactivate the otf versions, then test the ttf's in other apps to 
confirm the conversion, then try again in XeTeX.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ross A. Laird" <ross at rosslaird.info>
To: <xetex at tug.org>
Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 9:55 PM
Subject: [XeTeX] ttf and otf?

> I am a novice user, so this may be something simple, but here is the
> situation: I had xetex working perfectly on my system, but then (I think
> this is the cause, but I'm not at all certain) I converted some OpenType
> fonts to TrueType (so I could use them in OpenOffice) but left them in
> the same directory. So I have foo.otf and foo.ttf. Now, when I run
> xetex, and depending on the font (some seem to be fine) many or all of
> the characters are completely messed up. Is it possible that having
> similar filenames is the cause of this problem? I am on Ubuntu, so my
> system has had many other changes as well, but this is the only one I
> can think of that might affect fonts and xetex. I know I can specify the
> exact filename for xetex to use, and that's what I plan to do next, as
> an experiment, but I thought I would ask about it first, in case this is
> a common issue (I doubt it).
> Describing what "messed up" above means is tricky. The letters are all
> wrong, basically: the wrong letter shows in every place, and there are
> wide spaces at random (seemingly). So, the document is completely
> incomprehensible. But when I compile it, I get no errors at all.
> Thanks in advance for the help. And, anticipating the "minimal example"
> request, here's one:
> \TeXXeTstate=1
> \documentclass[10pt,DIV09,letterpaper,oneside,headsepline]{scrreprt}
> \usepackage{fontspec,xunicode}
> \defaultfontfeatures{Mapping=tex-text}
> \setmainfont{Sabon LT Std}
> \setsansfont{Myriad Pro}
> % \usepackage{hyperref}
> \usepackage{xltxtra}
> \pagestyle{headings}
> \usepackage{epigraph}
> \usepackage{url}
> \usepackage{titling}
> \date{}
> \pretitle{}
> \title{\Large{University 1100\\}\vspace{.10in}}
> \posttitle{}
> \author{\large{Summer 2009}}
> \begin{document}
> \begin{center}
> \maketitle
> \end{center}
> \tableofcontents
> \chapter{University 1100: Introduction to University Studies}
> Instructors:\\
> Sarah Hickinbottom, PhD\\
> Ross Laird, PhD\\
> Email: sarah.hickinbottom at kwantlen.ca\\
> Email: ross at rosslaird.com\\
> Location: Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Richmond Campus\\
> Schedule: Weekdays, 13:00-14:30\\
> July 7 to August 28, 2009\\
> \section{Goals, Objectives, Principles}
> This course is designed to help students understand the purpose and
> values of higher education; to cultivate the skills, strategies,
> abilities, and traits that enable success in post-secondary education
> and beyond; and to feel more confident in their university studies. The
> course is highly experiential and encourages students to reflect on why
> they are in university, what they hope to gain from the experience, and
> how they wish to work actively to achieve their personal, academic, and
> professional goals.
> \end{document}
> This document compiles on my system without any trouble, gives no
> warnings or errors, and delivers a completely incomprehensible document.
> -- 
> Ross A. Laird, PhD
> Chair, Department of Creative Writing
> Faculty, Interdisciplinary Expressive Arts
> Kwantlen Polytechnic University

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