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So, I was playing with fonts and found one really nice. It's just that I ran into trouble trying to write the word Background (quite a common word, eh?) using it. The k and the g extend into each other. And if I add space between them I have to add very much space indeed. (actually way too much) Are there more variants of the characters hidden somewhere or is this a case of broken-by-design? (It can't be, can it?)

\LARGE \fontfamily{pzc}\selectfont Background

k and g

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I added a picture of the problem. I hope you don't mind. – Seamus Mar 14 '11 at 17:38
I'm pretty sure that this is by design and not considered broken by the designer. It's unusual indeed, but I also wouldn't consider it as broken. – Hendrik Vogt Mar 14 '11 at 17:43
I tried selecting alternate glyph variants using fontspec and the OTF version of TeX Gyre Chorus (a font based on Chancery), but to no avail, so @Hendrik might as well be right. The only difference I get is that the characters are kerned to not to overlap, just like in Seamus's example below. – Andrey Vihrov Mar 14 '11 at 17:52
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You might prefer the way the tgchorus font does this. It is based on chancery. I'm not sure it's any better really. The realy best option would be proper ligatures. But for a script font like these, you'd need a lot of ligatures...



So I recently found this article by Douglas Hofstadter about metafont (among other things) and on p.42 (figure 14) at the bottom there is all the Zapf Chancery glyphs. These include, among others, a "K" without the fancy tail. I wonder if this is in the TeX version of the font. Because if so, then it's exactly what you'd need. I don't know how to access the alternative versions though... I wonder if there is a mechanism like \varphi for normal letters...

Edit 2

Having worked out how to print the font table of Zapf Chancery, it looks like it doesn't contain the less swishy "K". Nor does tgchorus...

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Okey, I guess I will just have to move on to some other font then... – jonalv Mar 14 '11 at 18:09
FWIW, I find Zapf Chancery's "Background" prettier than this tgchorus above. I don't see anything wrong with Chancery's "Background" either. – ShreevatsaR May 15 '11 at 10:31
@Seamus: glad to hear this actually was not a case of broken-by-design at least. – jonalv May 16 '11 at 21:09
I spent some more time looking at this. Seems the Zapf Chancery in LaTeX is based on the italic version. What was in that article was not an italic version. So there is still the question whether there ever was such a k in the italic version of the font I guess... – jonalv May 18 '11 at 14:37
@jonalv I guess if you could find the full font metric files there might be a chance to get upright version with non-swishy K through XeTeX? – Seamus May 18 '11 at 16:13

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