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I am a LaTeX user and I am using it on Linux Ubuntu. In my document I want to use handwriting font described here. So i tried to include it by using:

\newcommand{\setfont}[2]{{\fontfamily{#1}\selectfont #2}}

in my header and then applying the style using:

\setfont{la}{blah bleh blah bloh}

I got an error that la.sty cannot be found. I know that .sty is a file that needs to be installed on my PC which runs Ubuntu 12.04. I found all the packages needed on CTAN, but unfortunately I don't know how to install them. Can anyone help?

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Have a look at egreg's answer How to install and use the ocr-a font – texenthusiast May 23 '13 at 5:54
I tried following this tutorial and after compiling i still get the same result. In the link you provided i ignored point 3. where he only fixes the bug. So are any other ideas? I am using TEXLIVE. – 71GA May 23 '13 at 6:36
Manual font installation. I think you might need update updmap-sys – texenthusiast May 23 '13 at 6:49
the link you gives show the directory http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/fundus/la/ - in it you find the file la.ins. Download it. Using the command latex la.ins then will generate la.sty for you. – prettygully May 23 '13 at 6:53
I will do this and report back. – 71GA May 23 '13 at 7:13

This is not the answer how to install the la-font, but maybe it is easier to install another handwriting font: http://www.ctan.org/pkg/schulschriften - it is part of TeXLive.

You can get a la-variant with \usefont{T1}{wela}{m}{n}

A MWE (including some other handwriting fonts):


% http://www.ctan.org/pkg/schulschriften
%Lateinische Ausgangsschrift
Lateinische Ausgangsschrift (wela)

%Deutsche Normschrift
Deutsche Normschrift (wedn)

%Vereinfachte Ausgangsschrift
Vereinfachte Ausgangsschrift (weva)

Schulausgangsschrift  (wesa)


The result:

Example of some handwriting fonts

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