[XeTeX] Font nuisances

David Perry hospes.primus at verizon.net
Mon Oct 11 04:48:33 CEST 2010

On 10/10/2010 5:31 PM, Alan Munn wrote:
> On Oct 10, 2010, at 4:26 PM, David Perry wrote:
>> This seems to be my day for font problems.
>> 1. What is the correct way to specify a font in exact point size when
>> running XeLaTeX? (This is for the cover page of a book where \Huge
>> isn't big enough.) The LaTeX command \fontsize{60}{66pt} does not work
>> -- it comes out much smaller than 60 pts, although there is no
>> compilation error.
> Did you do \selectfont afterwards?
No.  I use XeLaTeX and fontspec 99% of the time, so I'm not too swift 
with older plain LaTeX commands.  Thanks (and to Pete also)--now it works.

And also usually pt is assumed, so
> you should do \fontsize{60}{66}\selectfont (I don't know if having pt
> matters or not).
According to Kopka and Daly's _Guide to LaTeX_, \fontsize{60}{66pt} is 
the correct format, i.e., you are supposed to specify units for the line 
spacing.  (I looked this up when trying to make it work before I posted 
here!)  I have no idea why one unit is specified and the other isn't.
> I have no clue on your second problem.
> Alan

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