[XeTeX] Fonts in OS X 10.6

Jonathan Kew jfkthame at googlemail.com
Wed Sep 23 13:59:20 CEST 2009

On 23 Sep 2009, at 12:25, Norman Gray wrote:

> Greetings.
> I have a mild font problem, but I'm not sure whether it's a XeTeX,  
> fontspec.sty or 10.6 problem -- can anyone point me in the right  
> direction?
> Following the advice on <http://tug.org/pipermail/xetex/2009-September/014206.html 
> >, I've installed the updated version of xdvipdfmx, and the fonts  
> I'm using have got their boldness back (cowardice in fonts is to be  
> deplored).  Good.

Glad to hear that's working.

> I'm using Optima as a body font:
>  \usepackage{fontspec}
>  \setmainfont{Optima}
> However \textsc{small caps} doesn't produce small caps.  Ought it  
> to?  I _thought_ it did before the update to 10.6, but I admit I  
> could be imagining that.  My problem is that I'm not sure how to  
> debug exactly what's happening here, nor what to do next (apart from  
> {\small SMALL CAPS}, of course).

I don't have a 10.6 machine handy just now, but the Optima that's  
included with 10.5 does *not* appear to provide small caps. Is it  
possible you had acquired a different version of Optima from  
somewhere? Otherwise, I'd have to suggest that your imagination is  
playing a role here. :)

{\small SMALL CAPS}, or variations on this theme, is a possible  
substitute depending on your exact needs. (You could, for example,  
apply just a touch of extension and/or letterspacing to them, or fine- 
tune the size by using a fontspec declaration with the Scale option.)


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