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In a book that I'm currentlry rewriting they use special digits for numbers. Although I searched for this shape in Tex Font Catalogue I didn't find exactly matching shape of digits. The only thing similar was antiqua fraktur for 2. Do you know a latex font which has these shapes of digits? strange digits

Can I use only digits from other font in the whole document?

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Your term "antiqua fraktur" is a bit ambiguous: "Antiqua" is generally used as a synonym for "Roman", which is rather different from "Fraktur". –  Mico Jun 14 '14 at 8:57
Yes in deed, my mistake. I was misled by some picture in the internet showing Goethe Fraktur. –  user15941 Jun 14 '14 at 9:24
can you add a scan of some text which uses two different fonts for the digits? or is it just that the shape of all digits is different from the shapes available with most fonts used with tex? –  barbara beeton Jun 14 '14 at 20:39
All, but I want to preserve the original design. The book is available as scanned pdf: matwbn.icm.edu.pl/ksiazki/mon/mon19/mon1901.pdf –  user15941 Jun 16 '14 at 22:56

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There are multiple packages with such 'oldstyle' digits/number, I used all possible (some did not work) fonts for the bookhands collection of fonts, basically medieval fonts and three fonts (Gothic,Fraktur, Schwabacher) from yfonts package, for example the Early Gothic, the Gothic Textura Precious, the Rotunda and the Humanist and defined a command just to print out a number with the Early Gothic (\egothfamily command) as default optional argument value.

The loop is used to print multiple values at once vertically, it is just for output and example, not for production.

Please look at the documentation of yfonts and further font examples http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/fonts/bookhands

In general, this requires a fontname package, e.g. egothic which should also provide the required font files and a font switching command, often called something like \...family.

The family names are listed here:


Just prepend a \ to the corresponding name -- this will activate the corresponding font. Switching like this results that all following text will be typeset in this font until another switch appears.

In order to prevent, that typesetting a single digit or short number with such a font will result in consequent text to be in the same font, I made the font change in the \OldStyleNumber command within a \begingroup...\endgroup, so it is only active inside that group.


#1 #2%





\rotatebox{90}{\(\backslash\)#1}  &%

\OldStyleNumber[\csname #1\endcsname]{\number\value{outercounter}} &%
\OldStyleNumber[\csname #1\endcsname]{\number\value{outercounter}}%

\(\backslash\)#1 & \OldStyleNumber[\csname #1\endcsname]{0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9} \tabularnewline




\Large \textbf{Overview medieval fonts and number style}%


\large \bfseries

\rotatebox{90}{Normal} & \forlistloop{\showfonttableheaderlist}{\MyFontFamilyList} \tabularnewline
\forloop{outercounter}{0}{\number\value{outercounter} < 10}{%
\number\value{outercounter} &
\forlistloop{\showoldstylenumberlist}{\MyFontFamilyList} \tabularnewline 
} %

\forlistloop{\showoldstylenumberlinelist}{\MyFontFamilyList} \tabularnewline 


In my point of view Rotunda or Humanist resemble most what you need, but there might be other fonts as well.

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As I found in this thread: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/58098/… yfonts package provides quite similar \textfrak{} –  user15941 Jun 14 '14 at 9:39
@user15941: Shall I add it to my answer or do you want want to answer yourself? –  Christian Hupfer Jun 14 '14 at 17:08
You add it to your answer for people who will be serching for that in future. –  user15941 Jun 16 '14 at 22:57
@user15941: I have updated the answer and added some more fonts –  Christian Hupfer Jun 17 '14 at 4:50

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