# XeTex - Times New Roman font for Romanian characters ș, ț, Ș and Ț

I have downloaded the Times New Roman font and put it into `.local/fonts` where it should be (my OS is Fedora 17 and I use TexLive 2012). It is recognized by LibreOffice and LyX. LibreOffice displays correctly the Romanian characters `ș,ț,Ș,Ț` and even converting the LibreOffice document to pdf keeps them visible and rightly displayed, but when I write a document in LyX using Times New Roman and XeTex compilation, even though I see them in the input document, the pdf output displays four squares instead of the desired characters. I expected that, since the command `fc-list :lang=ro | Times` does not display anything, so it's an incompatibility between Times New Roman and Romanian language (which I can't explain since LibreOffice correctly displays the four characters). How can I solve this? Do I need a special Times New Roman font? I haven't found one, it's almost 2013 and there's no Times New Roman for the Romanian language used in LyX with XeTex :)

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I'm not sure, but this might be relevant: lyx.org/trac/ticket/7348 –  scottkosty Dec 13 '12 at 23:40
LibreOffice (and most GUI applications) can fallback to a different font for characters missing from the requested font, XeTeX does not do that. –  Khaled Hosny Dec 14 '12 at 3:39
Is there a reason you are using an arbitrary Times New Roman font (of unknown quality) rather than TeX Gyre Termes, a free Times clone developed by the 'TeX community' (GUST plus money from others)? The TeX Gyre fonts are pretty good on accent coverage. –  Joseph Wright Dec 14 '12 at 7:05
Can you add a minimal example of LaTeX code with which you get such a problem? –  egreg Dec 14 '12 at 7:58
@Khaled Hosny - No, it is not the case. I didn't notice any difference between the four characters and the others when using Times New Roman. They are the same. –  riderplus Dec 14 '12 at 14:00

## 1 Answer

Solved by actually using a different type of Times New Roman font (with Romanian glyphs). Otherwhise Joseph Wright's suggestion of using the TeX Gyre Termes is a nice hack. Thank you for your help.

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From a legal point this is dangerous. I hope you own a Windows license. –  Speravir Dec 16 '12 at 20:57
I have bought my computer (Acer Aspire One) with Windows 7 starter and I double-boot. I haven't shared the Windows 7 fonts with anyone, I kept them for private usage. Why would that be a legal issue? –  riderplus Dec 16 '12 at 21:56
I don't see how using TeX Gyre Termes is a "hack". –  You Dec 16 '12 at 22:22
Ok maybe I didn't use the right term. I meant to say it's a nice and smart replacement for Times New Roman (that's what I understand by a "hack" - maybe in the old fashion, not as it is used nowadays by mass-media, referring to "hacking" instead of "cracking"). –  riderplus Dec 16 '12 at 22:36
@riderplus: You describe something, that is only legal, if you own a copy of some Microsoft software (I forgot, it’s also installed with Office). IMO an according warning belongs into your answer. You can BTW edit this, as it is your’s (Oh, I see, you already did that!). –  Speravir Dec 16 '12 at 22:38