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I've been using Bitstream Charter (\usepackage[charter]{mathdesign}) for a while now. For my German documents, I looked into KOMA today and found that the scrartcl document class would be a good replacement for article.

It uses sans fonts for the headings and serif font for the text. I got the following warning:

LaTeX Font Warning: Some font shapes were not available, defaults substituted.

As it seems, I got the Computer Modern Roman sans font for headings, but Charter for the text. I tried Bitstream Vera Sans (Bera Sans, \usepackage[scaled]{berasans}). It looks better than before, but I am not sure whether this is a good font to go with Charter:

Is that the matching font or is there a nicer one? It seems pretty thick, especially in the page title.

For comparison, here is plain Computer Modern Roman with article:

And just Charter with scrartcl:

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Everybody's complaining about coerced austerity but what's really the worst thing Germany did to the world after WW2 is the serif body text plus bold sans headings default of KOMA. Just my opinion of course. – Christian Apr 24 '13 at 16:37
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I think it's not quite a LaTeX question, but Bera looks nice. Linux Biolinum would be a nice option. But you don't necessarily need to use a sans anyway. If you used xelatex you'd have plenty of options, though.

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Libertine and Biolinum look nice in the samples. Question is: Does Libertine work in math mode like Charter does? – Martin Ueding Dec 18 '12 at 8:15
@queueoverflow I recommend \usepackage[libertine]{newtxmath}. – marczellm Oct 17 '13 at 20:15

The most useful website ever, WolframAlpha, uses Bitstream Charter with Bitstream Vera in its results, which I feel looks nice. (Charter for all math and numbers and Vera for pretty much everything else) Vera is not supported by LaTeX, but luckily there is a clone—Arev—that is actually comes with most packages.

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In LaTeX, I use Bitstream Vera Sans as \usepackage{berasans} and \usepackage{beramono} which works well. – Martin Ueding Jan 29 '15 at 18:08

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