# Which fonts that are part of TeXLive have “real small caps”?

The TeX font catalogue doesn't allow you to see which fonts have real small caps. Some fonts do not have real small caps (e.g. any of the `mathdesign` ones). But some do (computer modern and therefore `lmodern` and `cm-super`...)

I have restricted this to fonts that come with TeXLive, but I guess answers about other standard LaTeX distributions (MikTeX etc) wouldn't be out of place.

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Two fonts with accurately designed small capitals are Palatino (`\usepackage[sc]{mathpazo}`) and Libertine (`\usepackage{libertine}`).

No. 2, p. 17 of the 2005 volume of the "TeXnische Komödie" (the journal of the German-speaking TeX community DANTE) includes an article by Ralf Stubner and Walter Schmidt about the design of "real small caps" and oldstyle figures for the Palatino. The text is in German, but see page 21 for a lineup of "real" and "faked" small capitals.

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Dang, doesn’t work with `fontspec`. –  Konrad Rudolph Sep 8 '10 at 14:13
I believe `kpfonts` also has real small caps. –  Seamus Jan 27 '11 at 11:28
What about "TEX Gyre Pagella", which seems to be a heavily expanded version of URW Palladio (A Palatino clone)? –  drozzy Mar 26 '12 at 15:08
Try loading the `\mathpazo` package first with and then without the `sc` option. The latter case seems like faked smallcaps to me. –  lockstep Sep 8 '10 at 12:36
The documentation agrees with you. The `sc` option uses family `pplx`. –  TH. Sep 8 '10 at 12:40