Somebody insists for using Helvetica Neue (Light) in a new (math) journal, though I advise against it, because it doesn't provide math nor small caps support.

Anyway, could you advise as TeX math font that looks as good as possible with this font?

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    I would like to see that somebody in person. I'll bring my Arial Black bat in appropriate size :D
    – yo'
    Dec 19, 2014 at 13:14
  • This would be better to ask in the chat room of TeX.SE or of Graphic Design – you really can use any font with TeX, so there's no technical limitation. That said, I'm wondering whether the 'not ask and say you did' approach will work here :) Personally sounds like an awful choice for body text. Dec 19, 2014 at 13:15
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    @SeanAllred Not quite true, hardly all zillions of fonts out there have a full math support.
    – yo'
    Dec 19, 2014 at 13:16
  • @tohecz Whoops, yes – math support is important, but I don't think it's very particular to TeX. My apologies for that. Dec 19, 2014 at 13:17
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    TeX Gyre Heros does have small caps…
    – Someone
    Nov 27, 2021 at 17:01

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You can use the new newtxsf package:


\setmainfont{Helvetica Neue}[Scale=0.9]



Some text and a formula $a+b=c$ and a display
\log x=\int_{1}^{x}\frac{1}{t}\,dt
that, together with $1234567890$ ends the paper.


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    @AlbertoSantini I'm crying in despair.
    – egreg
    Dec 19, 2014 at 16:08
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    @egreg You're crying in despair, hence your eyes are filled with tears, hence you don't see anything, hence you don't see how awful this is, hence you aren't crying in despair, hence your eyes are not filled with tears, hence you see everything, hence you see how awful this is, hence you're crying in despair,... Argh, you entered an infinite loop! :) Dec 20, 2014 at 10:50
  • @DenisBitouzé don't worry, egreg isn't looking at the typography and crying, he's looking at that big green dick and chuckling happily Dec 20, 2014 at 11:18
  • ha ha. @DavidCarlisle you're the funniest guy here. Dec 20, 2014 at 13:20
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    @DenisBitouzé This is all you get; no light option for newtxsf. Maybe a feature request for Michael Sharpe. Comment: a long text in Helvetica is horrible, one in Helvetica Light is unbearable.
    – egreg
    Dec 20, 2014 at 14:19

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