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I'm having difficulty finding a Times-like font which has support for Americanist phonetic symbols, bold, italic, bold italic and small caps.

Currently, I've got a setup using xelatex which gets me all but the last item on the list:

\usepackage{fontspec}
\setmainfont[
BoldFont={Aboriginal Serif Bold},
ItalicFont={Aboriginal Serif Italic},
BoldItalicFont={Aboriginal Serif Bold Italic},
Mapping=tex-text]{Doulos SIL}

On my system (texlive on debian GNU/Linux), simply including \usepackage{times} will get me a font which has small caps, bold, italic, bold italic, but it doesn't have all the glyphs I need.

If I can figure out how to use that \usepackage{times} font with fontspec, I think I could fill it in as:

SmallCapsFont={NAMEOFUSEPACKAGETIMESFONT}

in the options for \setmainfont.

Alternatively, if there's a Times-like font which is going to be freely available, I could use that.

So, my practical question is: what font can I use to get times small caps? I've tried with Aboriginal Serif, Doulos SIL, Nimbus No9 Roman L, Times New Roman, none seem to have the small caps.

My principled question is: is there a way to use the metafont \usepackage{times} font as one of the font types in \setmainfont?

To make some minimal examples:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{fontspec}
\begin{document}
LARGECAPS \textsc{smallcaps}
\end{document}`

and compile with xelatex, ^^^ that works.

If I add \usepackage{times} that also works.

But if I add \setmainfont{X} where X is any one of * Doulos SIL * Aboriginal Serif * Times New Roman * TeX Gyre Termes * STIXGeneral

I just seem miniscules instead of small caps.

  • Have you tried the XITS and STIX font families? – Mico May 30 '14 at 4:32
  • @Mico Not yet, this is for a publication which requires a Times or a clone thereof. Can you say a bit more about these families and how to install/invoke them. Your comment is intriguing but terse. – apexofservice May 30 '14 at 4:43
  • XITS and STIX are both freely-distributed Times Roman clones available in OpenType format. If you have a fairly recent vintage of TeXLive, you may be able to just type \setmainfont{XITS} and take it from there. If not, check out the homepages of XITS and stix for more information about these fonts and how you may download and install them. – Mico May 30 '14 at 5:16
  • @Mico I found the STIX fonts on my system and tried STIXGeneral, but to no avail. I also constructed some minimal examples (added to question). – apexofservice May 30 '14 at 7:25
  • 1
    the times package doesn't use a metafont font it assumes the use of the original Adobe Times Postscript font in type1 format. – David Carlisle May 30 '14 at 10:03
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The only Times clone that has small caps is, as far as I know, TeX Gyre Termes. Thus this works, but of course you don't get fancy small caps glyphs (just the Latin letters). But, apparently, also Doulos SIL has them.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{fontspec}

\setmainfont[
  Ligatures=TeX,
  SmallCapsFont={TeX Gyre Termes},
  SmallCapsFeatures={Letters=SmallCaps},
]{Aboriginal Serif}

\begin{document}
LARGECAPS \textsc{smallcaps}
\end{document}

enter image description here

If you want Doulos SIL as main font, here's the complete setup:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{fontspec}

\setmainfont[
  Ligatures=TeX,
  BoldFont={Aboriginal Serif Bold},
  ItalicFont={Aboriginal Serif Italic},
  BoldItalicFont={Aboriginal Serif Bold Italic},
  %SmallCapsFont={TeX Gyre Termes},
  %SmallCapsFeatures={Letters=SmallCaps},
]{Doulos SIL}

\begin{document}
LARGECAPS \textsc{smallcaps} \textbf{Bold} \textit{Italic}
\textbf{\textit{Bold Italic}}
\end{document}

enter image description here

  • Your setup using SmallCapsFont={TeX Gyre Termes} and SmallCapsFeatures={Letters=SmallCaps} with Aboriginal Serif as the main font works! Strangely, though, the Doulos SIL version does not. Even when I set SmallCapsFont={TeX Gyre Termes} and SmallCapsFeatures={Letters=SmallCaps} I don't get small caps when setting Doulos SIL as the main font. There's obviously a lot of background here that I don't understand. I'm happy that using Aboriginal Serif and TeX Gyre Termes solves my immediatel problem. However, if you could point me to any "further reading", that'd be great! – apexofservice May 30 '14 at 19:43
  • @apexofservice What's your version of Doulos SIL? Mine is Version 4.112. You should be able to find it with your system font manager. – egreg May 30 '14 at 19:49
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try it this way:

\documentclass[a4paper,11pt]{article}
\usepackage{mathptmx}% Times and math
\usepackage{fontspec}
\setmainfont[
  BoldFont={Aboriginal Serif Bold},
  ItalicFont={Aboriginal Serif Italic},
  BoldItalicFont={Aboriginal Serif Bold Italic},
  Mapping=tex-text.
]{Doulos SIL}
...
  • FWIW, using this preamble generates a font warning: LaTeX Font Warning: Font shape EU1/DoulosSIL(0)/m/sc' undefined (Font) using `EU1/DoulosSIL(0)/m/n' instead on input line 115. – apexofservice May 30 '14 at 7:10
  • and which one?? – user2478 May 30 '14 at 7:10
  • Sorry, I take that back, I get the font warning either way. – apexofservice May 30 '14 at 7:13
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Many of the fonts that you say don't have small caps do have small caps. Could you provide a MWE that'll show us that you don't get small caps with these fonts?

\documentclass{article}
\parindent = 0em
\usepackage{fontspec}
\setmainfont[Path = M:/MyStuff/Fonts/timesnewroman6.85/, UprightFont = *.ttf]{times}
\newfontfamily\Doulos[Path = M:/MyStuff/Fonts/DoulosSIL-4.110/, UprightFont = *-R.ttf]{DoulosSIL}
\newfontfamily\TeXGyre[Path = M:/MyStuff/Fonts/tg-2.005bas/fonts/opentype/public/tex-gyre/, UprightFont = *termes-regular.otf]{texgyre}
\begin{document}
Times New Roman: LARGECAPS \textsc{smallcaps}\\
Doulos SIL: {\Doulos{LARGECAPS \textsc{smallcaps}}}\\
TeX Gyre: {\TeXGyre{LARGECAPS \textsc{smallcaps}}}\\
\end{document}

enter image description here

  • Your example doesn't work because paths aren't right. I'm using GNU/Linux debian distro with texlive so tex stuff tends to be in /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/ and fonts are probably somewhere under /usr/share. I run fc-list to see installed system fonts but I don't know where ttfs are kept unless they're ones I've installed, in that case usually in ~/.fonts/ However, these are system fonts that I installed using apt-get so I'm not sure how to try your suggestion. Nevertheless, you're probably right that these guys have the small caps and there's something funky about my invocation. – apexofservice May 30 '14 at 19:46
  • @apexofservice I would be astonished if apt-get was installing fonts into your home directory. It probably installs them under /usr/share/fonts. But wherever it installs them, XeTeX/LuaTeX will use them. That is, these engines are designed so that they can use your system fonts and are not limited to those installed specifically for TeX. – cfr May 30 '14 at 22:30
  • @apexofservice The paths in my MWE are not wrong, they're just pointing to the folder where I keep my fonts. You need to specify the path where you keep them on your computer. But, if you have installed these fonts as system fonts, there's no need to specify any path at all, you can just use \setmainfont{Times New Roman}, \newfontfamily\Doulos{Doulos SIL Regular} and \newfontfamily\TeXGyre{TeX Gyre Termes}. – Sverre May 31 '14 at 12:51

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