[tex-live] Unicode font support

Axel E. Retif axel.retif at mac.com
Sun May 3 01:38:55 CEST 2009

On  2 May, 2009, at 16:08, Timothy Legg wrote:

> Thanks to all whom helped me produce my first DVI file since I left  
> college years ago!
> I just have a minor issue.  I am trying to produce a document that  
> is not in English and, other than punctuation, has no Latin  
> characters.  Need I mention, the document was a few hundred pages  
> shorter than I had expected.
> I have a TTF file that has the characters I want to have.
> I found some directories with TTF files in them,
> for example:
> ./2008/texmf-dist/doc/fonts/fonetika/


As Zdenek said, you should use texmf-local...

> So I can copy the file into one of these directories, but how would  
> I ensure that it will find/use it?

Ah! Here is the problem! It's really not simple (but there is an easy  
solution ---see below). First, to use it in standard (pdf)LaTeX, see  
(a bit outdated but good):


then, for the official guides, in your Terminal,

texdoc fntguide


texdoc fontinst

the latter should open


Now ---the easy solution: XeTeX (you already have it); see examples at


For documentation, texdoc xetex  and  texdoc fontspec



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