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I'm trying to use the chronology package and it works fine with the english option in the babel package but if I use


It doesn't work anymore. I've found a solution (that I don't understand) on a french forum. It says I can use


It works fine with a simple example like this :



Yet my text throw an exception :

! pdfTeX error (font expansion): auto expansion is only possible with scalablefonts.\AtBegShi@Output ...ipout \box \AtBeginShipoutBox\fi \fi \chapter

on this line :

\chapter{Environnement de travail}

I'm fairly new to Latex and I guess that a encoding problem with the font but I have no idea about the solution.



\chapter{L'environnement de travail}
\section{Le groupe}


Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. In mollis odio tortor, a ultrices neque posuere vitae. Aenean nec arcu nec lorem luctus dictum.


This doesn't work. But if I delete the lorem ipsum It works fine.

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Welcome to TeX.SX! We will need to see an example like the one you posted that actually reproduces the error. I don't see that it is related to either french or chronology but only an minimal working example (MWE) will tell... – clemens Aug 6 '13 at 13:16
Your edited MWE compiles just fine for me, i.e., it doesn't give the error you describe. (The picture is too large but you've set the width manually to 20cm which is more than \textwidth and the \event is out of the range, but I guess you didn't mean that?) – clemens Aug 6 '13 at 13:53
Install the cm-super package (large). If this doesn't help, remove microtype, compile with pdflatex and show the end of the log-file (where all the fonts are listed). – Ulrike Fischer Aug 6 '13 at 13:57
I didn't mean that. I've changed to 10cm and the warning disappeared but it still doesn't want to compile. How the environment can change it ? I'm using windows with Miktek 2.9 and texmaker. – Thibaut Aug 6 '13 at 14:01
@Thibaut The problem is surely due to not having a Type1 version for the CM fonts in the T1 encoding; either install the CM-Super package or add \usepackage{lmodern}. – egreg Aug 6 '13 at 16:36
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Install the cm-super package (large).

If this doesn't help: remove microtype (to be able to see in the log file the fonts used), compile with pdflatex and show the end of the log-file (where all the fonts are listed).

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