[XeTeX] wrong glyphs with FreeSerif Italic

Steve White stevan.white at gmail.com
Thu Dec 26 23:35:53 CET 2013

HI Julian,

I'm the maintainer of GNU FreeFont.
This is the first I've ever heard of such an issue,
and I have no idea what might cause it.

I just tried your example on my system with the most recent
development version of the font--the effect you describe doesn't
Tomorrow I'll try it with the 2012 version.

Could you provide a PDF?

On Thu, Dec 26, 2013 at 3:36 PM, Julian Bradfield
<jcb+xetex at jcbradfield.org> wrote:
> This is probably FA, but I haven't found it by searching...
> I'm a first-time user of xelatex (but 30-year user of TeX in general),
> and have used it to typeset a linguistic article with Charis SIL. I
> then wanted to switch to GNU Freefont, and encountered the weird
> symptom that all the glyphs are displaced by two codepoints in the
> Italic version.
> Here's a minimal example:
> \documentclass{article}
> \usepackage{mathspec}
> \setallmainfonts(Digits,Latin,Greek,Special)[Mapping=tex-text,Fractions=Off]{FreeSerif}
> \begin{document}
> ABCabc \it ABCabc
> \end{document}
> On processing, the PDF shows ABCabd CDEcde; the right character
> metrics appear to have been used, but the glyphs are wrong.
> My xelatex version is
> This is XeTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.3-0.9997.5 (TeX Live 2011) (format=xelatex 20
> 12.11.27)
> and the Freefont is the release of 20120503 (in either otf or ttf).
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