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I'm wondering which font packages are available in MikTeX and TeXLive containing real small caps and also work together with the "microtype" package? For instance, kpfonts has real small caps but doesn't work with microtype as it complains that it doesn't work with non-scalable fonts.

UPDATE

It turned out there are no incompatiblity problems between kpfonts and microtype (see Getting strange error with MiKTeX when trying to use "kpfonts" package).

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Can you provide an example of code? I don't get any complaint. –  egreg Oct 7 '11 at 12:41
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It is most likely that you got microtype in effect when using the bitmap fonts. Using T1 encoding should avoid such cases. microtype should work with most Type 1 fonts and (and OpenType fonts loaded by fontspecin future). For small caps, many fonts come with real small caps, mathpazo, TeX Gyre project, Latin Modern, Computer Modern, KP fonts, etc., However not all of them are good. Badly designed small caps is worse than without (For example personally I don't like the old style number 2 in TeX Gyre Pagella and the ugly small caps in Heros.) –  Yan Zhou Oct 7 '11 at 12:51
    
Just a correct to my last comment, using T1 encoding may not solve your problem. Usually use T1 will cause LaTeX to load the type1 version of CM (if it does that at some point). But it seems recent version of TeXLive just load type1 by default. So I cannot guess where you get the bitmap fonts into the mess. –  Yan Zhou Oct 7 '11 at 13:00
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I asked this question as I had problems getting kpfonts to work, and as the error I got was related to microtype I assumed there was some kind of incompatibility. However, the problem turned out to be something completely different (see tex.stackexchange.com/q/31388/2634), and because of that this question is an exact duplicate of another question (tex.stackexchange.com/q/2894/2634). Thus I would request this question to be closed. –  gablin Oct 17 '11 at 14:00
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I'm wondering which font packages are available in MikTeX and TeXLive containing real small caps and also work together with the "microtype" package? ... kpfonts has real small caps but doesn't work with microtype as it complains that it doesn't work with non-scalable fonts.

As others have pointed out, the fact that you're getting this error message is not because of some fundamental incompatibility between the two packages, but because your document's preamble instructions must, somewhere, be loading the font in OT1 encoding. Finding the offending instruction and replacing it with a command such as

\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}

should do the trick.

By the way, version 2.5 of microtype, available in beta form from this site, coexists just fine with xelatex. The package's "official" version on the CTAN is still 2.4., which unfortunately doesn't work with xe(la)tex. I've been using version 2.5 for more than a month now without experiencing any problems when using xelatex.

I believe there are quite a few latex packages that provide fonts with "real" small caps and also come with matching math fonts. Among them are (with no claim whatsoever to completeness!)

  • lmodern [yep!]
  • kpfonts
  • mathpazo (Palatino-type font); load as follows: \usepackage[sc]{mathpazo}
  • mathptmx (Times New Roman font)

There is also the fourier package, which uses a font that's based on the Adobe Utopia text font (generally classified as a "transitional" font a la Baskerville). To get "real" rather than "faked" small caps with this package, you'll have to have access to Adobe's (non-free) Utopia font; if your system already happens to have this font, you may want to consider it too.

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You probably mean \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} –  Mateus Araújo Oct 7 '11 at 13:36
    
Yes! I've fixed the error. –  Mico Oct 7 '11 at 14:05
    
If I use OT1 and kpfonts I've got no error or complaint from microtype. –  egreg Oct 7 '11 at 14:11
    
@egreg: Could this be because kpfonts, unless there's an instruction somewhere to the contrary, switches the font encoding from OT1 to T1? –  Mico Oct 7 '11 at 14:40
    
No, kpfonts is perfectly happy to use its OT1 encoded family; in your system you certainly have ot1jkp.fd. –  egreg Oct 7 '11 at 14:44
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I cannot see such a message when loading the T1 font encoding:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{kpfonts}
\usepackage{microtype}
\begin{document}

Foo \textsc {Foo}

\end{document} 


voss@shania:~> pdffonts test-2.pdf
name                                 type              emb sub uni object ID
------------------------------------ ----------------- --- --- --- ---------
UXEVUO+Kp-Regular                    Type 1            yes yes no       4  0
OSPQDZ+Kp-SmallCaps-Regular          Type 1            yes yes no       5  0
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Indeed, I can't either now that I tried producing an example file, but it did when I attempted to use it in another document. Strange. Anyhow, I am still interested in knowing which fonts are available with real small caps. –  gablin Oct 7 '11 at 12:42
    
it is not a problem with the font, it is a problem with your loaded packages. –  Herbert Oct 7 '11 at 12:53
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