[XeTeX] selecting font variants

Don Killian donald.killian at helsinki.fi
Wed Feb 29 11:45:58 CET 2012


I was wondering if anyone could tell me how to select a font variant 
with fontspec?

I'm a linguist using the IPA, so I need to make a difference with a and 
ɑ.  Unfortunately, with Charis SIL, the only font which fully supports 
the IPA with both bold and italics, the default for the font is that 
italicized a turns into ɑ.

In Openoffice, the solution to this is to pick the slant italics variant 
manually, e.g. the font name becomes: Charis SIL:1053=1, not just Charis 
SIL.  This appears to work in Xelatex as well, but then for some reason 
all my italics disappear.

Any suggestions?


Don Killian
Researcher in African Linguistics
Department of Modern Languages
PL 24 (Unioninkatu 40)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki
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