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I'm trying to use Cambria for text and Calibri for headings in a ConTeXt document, but I don't understand what is happening at all, nothing seems to have any effect and in the end it falls back to LMRoman/LMSans.

As a minimal starting point, I'm trying to recreate this document. I can just compile it with lualatex and it finds my fonts, they are installed system-wide through fontconfig. pdffonts shows that two TrueType faces from each family are embedded, nothing else.

Cambria \textsf{Calibri}
\emph{Cambria \textsf{Calibri}}


How do I create this document using ConTeXt? I tried this:

%no idea how to set sans
Cambria \sans{Calibri}
\em{Cambria \sans{Calibri}}


But only got LM, the log contained an error about loc, which isn't mentioned in my file, is this a bug in the typefile? It seems to try to do something with the argument but fails before loading...

fonts           > typescripts > unknown library 'loc'

As far as I understand, both fontspec and ConTeXt use luatex' facilities to locate and load the fonts, so I don't have to install them manually, is that true? In my installation, type-otf.mkiv is empty except for a comment claiming that it's unnecessary since OTF fonts can be found by name.


\starttext ...


I get Biolinum as the roman font and Libertine as sans, but only for the first \sans, everything in \em is roman.

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OT: Note that \em is a font switch, so you have to use {\em .... }. –  Aditya Oct 28 '13 at 4:35

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There are two ways to use system fonts.

  1. Write your own typescript. ConTeXt comes with the typescripts for most system fonts. See type-imp-*.mkiv for details. For example, the typescript for calibra is defined in type-imp-calibra.mkiv and the typescript for calibiri is defined in type-imp-cleartype.mkiv. To use them, you need to define your own typescript that sets the serif and sans serif fonts. For example (not that \em is font switch, not a font command):

      \definetypeface  [mainface] [rm] [serif] [cambria] [default]
      \definetypeface  [mainface] [ss] [sans]  [calibri] [default]
      \definetypeface  [mainface] [tt] [mono]  [consolas][default]
      \definetypeface  [mainface] [mm] [math]  [cambria] [default]
    Cambria \sans{Calibri}
    {\em Cambria \sans{Calibri}}

    which gives

    enter image description here

  2. The other option is to use the simplefonts module, which will automatically create appropriate typescript fonts. For example:


    which gives the same result as before.

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Simplefonts looks great, however using your example, everything is set in LMMonoPropLt10-Regular for me and the log complains simplefonts > font ''cambria'' not found and simplefonts > font ''calibri'' not found –  pascal Oct 28 '13 at 14:18
The typescript example produces empty output, not even using the LM fallback, and I get font with asked name 'cambria' is not found using lookup 'name' and font with asked name 'calibri' is not found using lookup 'file' –  pascal Oct 28 '13 at 14:21
running with OSFONTDIR=~/.fonts doesn't change anything, but giving the exact subfolder which contains cambria.ttc etc as OSFONTDIR=~/.fonts/fonts/microsoft/ it works fully for typescript, italics missing for simplefonts. –  pascal Oct 28 '13 at 14:26
OK, I think I got it. After running OSFONTDIR=~/.fonts/fonts/microsoft/ mtxrun --script fonts --reload I can just run context without setting OSFONTDIR and simplefonts even finds the italics. Just running mtxrun --script fonts --reload again deletes the cache and only finds fonts in /usr/local/texlive/2013/. I expected that script to use my system's fontconfig paths, as lualatex appears to do. –  pascal Oct 28 '13 at 14:35
You need to either set OSFFONTDIR in your .bashrc file, or in the texmfcnf.lua file for the affect to be permanent. –  Aditya Oct 28 '13 at 15:48

If your OSFONTDIR environment variable is set correctly, then installing (new) system fonts in modern versions of ConTeXt should be as easy as executing the following command:

$ mtxrun --script fonts --reload
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