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First of all, I don't think this is a duplicate of How to correctly use the palatino font (in memoir)?, because it appears to be a very specific use case.

In memoir, I'd like to use the Palatino font family. It's documented as

The fontfamily name is ppl.

And setting the fontfamily in memoir appears to be very complicated. In section 1.2.1 of the memman.pdf it is shown like this:


So I provide it like this:


But it doesn't work and the default font family is still produced in the pdf.

What am I doing wrong?

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It's as easy as \usepackage{newpxtext,newpxmath} – egreg Sep 1 '14 at 9:50
Please read that section again, \memfontfamily is only used when you are using extended font sizes. @egregs solution will work in any cases. – daleif Sep 1 '14 at 10:03
up vote 5 down vote accepted

The default (old) Palatino package:


foo \textbf{bar} \textsf{baz} $y=\sqrt{x}$


Or with the new TeX Gyre Pagella (the better choice), which uses by default TeX Gyre Heros for the sans serif text:


foo \textbf{bar} \textsf{baz} $y=\sqrt{x}$

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Your second option is a bit confusing: The sentence leading up to it mentions TeX Gyre Pagella, but the example code mentions the newpxtext and newpxmath packages, which both derive from the pxfonts package -- which has been around a lot longer than TeX Gyre Pagella. Please clarify. – Mico Sep 1 '14 at 10:10
What do you want to clarify? The pxfont package defines the family pxr as \rmdefault and newpxtext the family zplx which itself refers to TeX Gyre (see file t1zplx.fd) – Herbert Sep 1 '14 at 10:25
I would have thought that the most obvious (LaTeX) method for loading the TeX Gyre Pagella fonts would have been to issue the command \usepackage{tgpagella}. That package contains the instruction \renewcommand{\rmdefault}{qpl}, so its fonts are not (or not necessarily) the same as those used by the pxfonts, newpxtext, and newpxmath packages. – Mico Sep 1 '14 at 10:54

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