# What is the purpose of defining font synonyms and how are they accessed?

In ConTeXt, one can define a font synonym, as shown in this simple typescript example at the ConTeXt Wiki. In following the example given, I cannot see any way to access the individual levels. I can use {\nimbus This is some text.} or texcommand=\nimus to set the font to Nimbus, but {\Sans This is some text.} and \textcommand=\Sans, does not let me access the font. This becomes a problem, as, if I need to change the font within the document, instead of changing Sans to the new font, I must instead rename all appearances of \nimbus throughout my source files.

• Why is definefontsynonym used?
• Why do options like \Sans and \SansBold fail to work in the same way that \nimubs does?
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Use \sans and \sansbold or sans as style option instead of the capital versions. If your font is really called Nimubs \nimubs should work, otherwise \nimbus will do the trick. –  Marco May 11 '12 at 12:06