# Libertine monospaced font seems to big

I'd like to write a document with the Libertine font (using the libertine package). I have a couple of code snippets in the text, and to me it seems like the Libertine Mono font that is used by the package is too large compared to the rest of the text (notice the 'x'-height):

compared to the same snippet using Computer Modern:

Is there something wrong with my setup, or is that just the way Libertine Mono is supposed to look? If that's the case, is there a way to automatically use a slightly smaller text size for all monospaced output (\texttt, \verb, listings...)?

\documentclass[border=5mm]{standalone}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{libertine}

\begin{document}
abc \texttt{abc}
\end{document}

• You can scale it using a package option: \usepackage[ttscale=.875]{libertine} Mar 8, 2013 at 11:57
• Personally, I don't like this this monospace (in my opinion it looks bad), it is not like other teletypes, it has serifs and more. I think your document will look better with other monospaced font (i.e., luximono package or txtt font). Just a suggestion, the answer is in cgnieder comment. Mar 8, 2013 at 12:01
• @Manuel It's not distinguishable from the Roman type, particularly if scaled down, so it doesn't do its job. And I agree it's not the best member of the Libertine family. ;-) Mar 8, 2013 at 12:03
• No, it isn't. You can install luximono trough getnonfreefonts script. By the way, you can look at the font catalogue to choose one. inconsolata is also good (at this moment I can't try if it looks good with libertine). Mar 8, 2013 at 12:10
• I settled for Xe/LuaLaTeX and \setmonofont[Scale=MatchLowercase]{DejaVu Sans Mono} (provided by the dejavu package) to complement Linux Libertine. Mar 8, 2013 at 14:10

It can be scaled using a package option \usepackage[ttscale=.875]{libertine} (you need to play with the value a bit, this is just an initial guess):

\documentclass[border=5mm]{standalone}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[ttscale=.875]{libertine}

\begin{document}
some text \texttt{monospaced} and normal text
\end{document}


• If you were using XeLaTeX, Scale=MatchLowercase might be an option, too. (It would probably have to go somewhere else though, not in an option to the package.) Mar 8, 2013 at 14:08
• @doncherry yes, that should do (via a fontspec command) I would think Mar 10, 2013 at 18:34