[XeTeX] Beamer in Xelatex

Nazareth Amlesom Kifle nazareth.kifle at lle.uib.no
Fri Sep 25 01:12:05 CEST 2009

Dear Jonathan,
Thank you for the assistance. Your suggestion helped and it worked. I  
also had to update beamer and latex since I was getting a lot of  
warnings. it appears that unicode fonts work best with the newer  


On 24 Sep 2009, at 17:31, Jonathan Kew wrote:

> On 24 Sep 2009, at 14:12, Nazareth Amlesom Kifle wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I am trying to used beamer to typeset Tigrinya text. I get an  
>> error massage that my fonts are not found, but I know I have the  
>> font files in place because I can typeset articles and other  
>> things in Xelatex. My problem is just with beamer.
>> Do you have an idea of what is causing the problem. The characters  
>> get printed as ??????
> It would help if you provided a (minimal) sample file, but without  
> that, I'll take a guess....
> I think your fonts are being found just fine. (You get messages  
> from fontspec because there are no corresponding bold and italic  
> faces, but you can ignore these.)
> The problem is that you're using \setmainfont to tell it what font  
> you want to use. This configures the LaTeX "roman" font. But beamer  
> defaults to using sans-serif, so it's ignoring your font and  
> continuing to use Latin Modern Sans, which doesn't have any  
> Ethiopic characters.
> So you have two options: either use fontspec's \setsansfont to  
> specify a new font for sans-serif, or tell beamer to use the  
> default (normally serif) face instead by saying \usefonttheme 
> {serif} in your document.
> JK

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