[XeTeX] Font nuisances

Alan Munn amunn at gmx.com
Mon Oct 11 05:10:51 CEST 2010

On Oct 10, 2010, at 10:48 PM, David Perry wrote:

> 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 think this is not really required.  The latex2e reference  
documentation says both default to points.  Theoretically either  
argument could have any other kind of unit.


Alan Munn
amunn at gmx.com

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