[XeTeX] ttf and otf?

Ross A. Laird ross at rosslaird.info
Wed Jul 1 06:11:01 CEST 2009

Yup, that's it. When I move the .ttf files out of the directory they
share with the .otf files (then run fc-cache), xetex starts to work
properly again.


"Diederick C. Niehorster"
<diederick at niehorster.eu> writes:

> Hi Ross, others,
> On Windows i have had problems like this also. They occurred when I
> had the same font on xelatex' path twice, once in the windows/fonts
> directory, and once in the tex directory structure (i installed them
> in the fonts directory later so i can use them with other apps too). I
> got output similar to what you described. When I deleted the fonts
> from windows/fonts the problem dissapeared again. Hence, Xetex seems
> to have some difficulty if the same font is found twice in different
> locations (or formats?).
> Maybe this is something that should be looked into?
> Best,
> Dee
> On Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 9:55 AM, Ross A. Laird<ross at rosslaird.info> wrote:
>> 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

Ross A. Laird, PhD
Chair, Department of Creative Writing
Faculty, Interdisciplinary Expressive Arts
Kwantlen Polytechnic University

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