On my Mac with TexLive, I am able to use the Charter font by simply having


On my PC (using Miktex), the same file complains that it is unable to find the charter font. I have check with Miktex's package manager and charter is indeed installed.

What am I doing wrong?

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    The charter package pre-installed in MikTeX is to be used with \usepackage: more at tug.dk/FontCatalogue/charter. The package XCharter is also quite nice.
    – henry
    Oct 10, 2014 at 19:41
  • Actually, what about an MWE? :)
    – henry
    Oct 10, 2014 at 19:41

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The reason is probably that since version 10.9, MacOSX has Charter as a .ttc font, and you can't have it on a Windows system. The charterpackage on CTAN only has type 1 version.

But you can use the xcharter package, an extension to charter with oldstyle proportional figures, small caps in all shapes/weights and superior figures. It has all the necessary stuff to use the fonts with (pdf)LaTeX, and an opentype version to use it with fontspec.

Alternatively, you can use the CharisSIL true type font. Here is a demo for both. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get small caps with these fonts, while they're obtainable with pdfLaTeX in the case of XCharter. Probably I missed something. As far as I know, Charis SIL doesn't have pdfLaTeX support.




 \textbf{With XCharter}:

\blindtext \\


\textbf{With Charis SIL}:



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  • I use XCharter like this, and have no trouble getting small caps: \setmainfont{Xcharter}[Numbers=OldStyle,SmallCapsFeatures={Kerning=Uppercase}]. (I also load realscripts, since XCharter has superiors.) I have no trouble with small caps in CharisSIL either, though if you look quickly, you may miss them, since they’re slightly taller than the lowercase letters and not that much shorter than the already shortish uppercase letters.
    – Thérèse
    Oct 11, 2014 at 0:39
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    @Thérèse: Doesn't work on my system. If I do as you say, I've an error message (no begin{document]) and if I do it through \addfontfeatures`, no error message, but nothing happens: smallcaps are indeed lowercase, and oldstyle numbers lining ones. This remains a mystery to me.
    – Bernard
    Oct 11, 2014 at 1:06
  • That’s odd. Do you perhaps have an old version of the font installed somewhere, as well as the current version?
    – Thérèse
    Oct 11, 2014 at 1:11
  • No. I have MiKTeX's version updated July 2014, and I also installed it as a system font.
    – Bernard
    Oct 11, 2014 at 1:34

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