[XeTeX] Small caps

Peter Baker psb6m at virginia.edu
Wed Mar 3 17:58:39 CET 2010

Gérard Degrez wrote:
> Hello,
> I've just begun experimenting with Xetex on MacOS. Everything works 
> fine, except that I can't get small caps with some of the System fonts 
> such as Arial and Times New Roman. On the other hand, I do get the 
> small caps with Hoefler Text or with the TeX Gyre fonts.
> I guess that the reason is that the system fonts do not include small 
> caps. Can you confirm?

Yes, that's it. And XeTeX doesn't do fake small caps.
> Then, the question is: how can I know beforehand?
> I browsed the list archive and found the thread [XeTeX] problem 
> getting small caps dating back to Nov. 2009 and I tried some of the 
> suggestions (the otfinfo command, and the tex file by Herb Schultz), 
> but this wasn't conclusive.

Run otfinfo --features font-file. If smcp and/or c2sc is in the list, 
then the font has small caps.


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