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I am trying to use fonttable to make a table of the Zapf Chancery font (in order to improve my answer to this question).

The following document compiles fine and looks right: the font is being used.

\fontfamily{pzc}\selectfont Lorem Ipsum

However, when I uncomment the \fonttable line, I get errors:

kpathsea: Running mktextfm pzc
mktextfm: Running mf-nowin -progname=mf \mode:=ljfour; mag:=1; nonstopmode; input pzc
This is METAFONT, Version 2.718281 (TeX Live 2009/Debian)

kpathsea: Running mktexmf pzc
! I can't find file `pzc'.
<*> \mode:=ljfour; mag:=1; nonstopmode; input pzc

Please type another input file name
! Emergency stop.
<*> \mode:=ljfour; mag:=1; nonstopmode; input pzc

Transcript written on mfput.log.
grep: pzc.log: No such file or directory
mktextfm: `mf-nowin -progname=mf \mode:=ljfour; mag:=1; nonstopmode; input pzc' failed to make pzc.tfm.
kpathsea: Appending font creation commands to missfont.log.
! Font \f@ttestfont=pzc not loadable: Metric (TFM) file not found.
<to be read again> 
l.5 \fonttable{pzc}

(./chanceryfonttable.aux) )

What can I do to get my font table?

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

The \fonttable command wants the name of the tfm file, something like pzcmi7t. There is \xfonttable that requires four arguments


so you should write, for example,


If you insist on \fonttable, you can write


since \fontname\font expands to the tfm file name of the current font.

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How can I find the name of the tfm file? I searched the log file for tfm and got no useful hits... – Seamus May 14 '11 at 12:53
@Seamus: That's why I suggested Peter Wilson to add \xfonttable. :) You have to examine the .fd file relative to the family you're interested in. In this case ot1pzc.fd, or t1pzc.fd, or ts1pzc.fd, for the various encodings. I'll add another trick in my answer. – egreg May 14 '11 at 12:56

The fonttable package doesn't do what you want to achieve. It doesn't show the complete glyph pool of a font. It will show you the glyph encoded and requested by the tfm/enc-combination you used.

e.g. try this and then again without the <8r.enc.

\documentclass[a4paper, 12pt, DIV12]{scrreprt}
\pdfmapline{=pzcmi8r URWChanceryL-MediItal <8r.enc <uzcmi8a.pfb}


A type1 font can also contain glyph not used by any tex/tfm-font.

You must look at the font with a fontviewer like fontforge (doesn't work for me with the urw zapf chancery) or look in the afm-file. E.g. uzcmi8a.afm shows this glyph (Kcommaaccent)

C -1 ; WX 660 ; N Kcommaaccent ; B 88 -270 851 577 ;

To see how it looks, make a copy of 8r.enc e.g. called 8rtest.enc in the current folder, and change the /K in the file to /Kcommaaccent then try the example above again with 8rtest.enc.

Btw: I can't see any name in afm which sounds like "non swashy K". So I don't think that the urw zapf chancery contains the glyph.

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