Rather than write

\newfont{\mynewfont}{pagk8r scaled 3000}

one now apparently (Ref.: Math symbol within a new-font word) should write:


What is the general mapping?

In other words, for a given font in my


, say pagko8r, what is the mapping to use \usefont instead of \newfont?

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"now" meaning any time since around 1993 I assume? as this hasn't changed in latex2e.

If you just need a LaTeX interface to a fixed font without setting all the usual font axis commands, then an alternative would be


The mapping between the LaTeX font axis view and external font files is managed via the declarations in fd files for example the file t1pag.fd is loaded if using pag in T1 encoding and has, amongst its declarations

   <-> pagk8t

Which says that at all sizes, the font to use for {T1}{pag}{m}{n} is a suitably scaled version of pagk8t.tfm .

  • I was hoping there would be a more direct way than searching through all .fd files in my distribution, but it works just fine.
    – Calaf
    Jun 16, 2013 at 20:38
  • @Calaf And where did you get pagk8r? Which, by the way, uses a rather peculiar encoding.
    – egreg
    Jun 16, 2013 at 22:22
  • @egreg .. by peeking at texmf-dist/fonts/tfm/adobe/avantgar/*.tfm and neighbors. Can you suggest a friendlier method?
    – Calaf
    Jun 16, 2013 at 22:27
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    @Calaf texdoc psnfss for the "35 fonts".
    – egreg
    Jun 16, 2013 at 22:29

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