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I'm trying to figure out what fonts are compatible with T2A encoding - seems like there's no such a list known to Google.

I've identified that iwona and computer roman (default) are supported. However, attempts to use other fonts with either \usepackage{lmodern} or \renewcommand*\rmdefault{phv} in preamble result in a warning

Font shape "T2A/lmr/m/n" undefined(Font) using "T2A/cmr/m/n" instead.

\usepackage[russian, english]{babel}
Some meaningful text.

Какой-то осмысленный текст.

Fonts I've tried so far are: times new roman, garamond, helvetica, palatino.

Maybe I'm missing something, so I'd be happy to be pushed in the right direction.

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locate /t2a | grep 'texlive/2012/texmf-dist/tex/latex/.*\.fd$'

outputs, on my updated TeX Live


With /T2A (which is an alternative), nothing is found.

  1. antt refers to Antikwa Toruńska (texdoc antt)
  2. fca refers to Cantarell (texdoc cantarell)
  3. afc refers to something I can't find information about
  4. fco refers to Comfortaa (texdoc comfortaa)
  5. the cyrillic bundle consists of fonts based on the design of Computer Modern (the one used also if the main font family is Latin Modern)
  6. afd refers to Droid (texdoc droid)
  7. iwona refers to Iwona (texdoc iwona)
  8. kurier refers to Kurier (texdoc kurier)
  9. fos refers to Open Sans (texdoc opensans)

Update (October 2014)

Other fonts have appeared since the last listing:

  • gentium-tug (\usepackage{gentium})
  • Heuristica (\usepackage{Heuristica})
  • Erewhon (\usepackage{erewhon})

They have .fd files for T2A, T2B and T2C. The coverage for the last two is not complete, while Gentium seems to fully cover the three encodings.

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Thank you for the hint. I'll check what I have on my windows system – lastpook May 17 '13 at 8:05
This fonts are great (especially droid, for me). Where can we find more, like this you wrote, compatible with cyrillic? – Cortizol Nov 20 '13 at 22:34
@Cortizol I'm afraid this is the complete list, for what concerns free fonts in TeX distributions. – egreg Nov 20 '13 at 22:59
@egreg OK. Can you say me why I can't load cantarell and comfortaa fonts? There is no problem with {iwona, kurier, dorid, anttor}. My code is: \documentclass{article} \usepackage[T2A]{fontenc} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \usepackage{droid} – Cortizol Nov 20 '13 at 23:06
@cfr They seem to provide shapes for the lmr and lmss families (using the same fonts for cmr and cmss). – egreg Oct 2 '14 at 21:11

Cyrillic fonts for legacy LaTeX engines come with TeXLive and MiKTeX in LH (Metafont) and cm-super (PostScript) bundles. MiKTeX installs LH fonts automatically on-demand, but you need to install cm-super manually. Once installed, cm-super fonts are loaded automatically when you produce either PS of PDF document, you don't need to call any package.

Most Metafont and PostSript font bundles (garamond, helvetica, palatino, e.t.c.) do not have Cyrillic letters.

Most OpenType fonts nowadays have Cyrillic letters. When using XeTeX or LuaTeX, you can try first cm-unicode fonts which come with TeXLive and MiKTeX.

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I did install cm-super and got nice bilingual output with cmr font. The point was, however, to find out what flexibility t2a allows with minimal efforts of modifying preamble. And thank you for heads up on OpenType, I'll try them out, too. – lastpook May 17 '13 at 8:09

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