I'm using a custom style (not made by me) for a report and when I compile it using PdfLatex it works fine. However, when I want to use the house style fonts I have to compile it with XeLatex and I get an error:

! fontspec error: "font-not-found"
! The font "BookmanOldStyle" cannot be found.

(I get this error for multiple font styles but I won't include them here for brevity)

I've looked at similar questions but none of the answers have been able to help me or steer me in the right direction.




\chapter{Font test}
House style


! Note that you need this custom style! (see line 61)

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This is because different fonts are used when compiling using PDFLaTeX or XeLaTeX. Quoting from the style definition file:

    %% If the document is compiled with XeLaTeX, we load the TU Delft house
    %% style fonts: Bookman Old Style (serif) for titles and Tahoma (sans-serif)
    %% for text. Even if the nativefonts option was specified, we need these
    %% fonts for the cover.
        Path = fonts/,
        Extension = .ttf,
        BoldFont = *-Bold,
        ItalicFont = *-Italic,
        BoldItalicFont = *-BoldItalic
        Path = fonts/,
        Extension = .ttf,
        BoldFont = *-Bold,
        ItalicFont = *,
        ItalicFeatures = FakeSlant,
        BoldItalicFont = *-Bold,
        BoldItalicFeatures = FakeSlant
    ]{Tahoma} \else
    %% If the document is not compiled with XeLaTeX, we need to use the native
    %% fonts.
    \newcommand*\tudsffamily{\sffamily} \fi

The error you get suggests the specified font is not installed on your system. A casual Google search hints that you might be able to download it, e.g. from http://fontzone.net/font-details/bookman-old-style . Additionally, fonts are provided in the subfolder of the one you linked: https://github.com/praseodym/tudelft-report-latex

  • Thanks for your help! Do you know if it is possible to check if I already have the font on my system (ubuntu). If not, is there a specific path where I should save the .ttf? Commented Apr 7, 2015 at 13:30
  • Found the answer to the first question myself, it is not installed Commented Apr 7, 2015 at 13:32
  • @MichaelDeSanta You might try suggestions in this post: How to install fonts fast and easy?
    – Fato39
    Commented Apr 7, 2015 at 13:33
  • Sorry, I was too quick to accept the answer. I've downloaded the fonts and added them to the path /usr/share/fonts (used fc-list|grep BookmanOldStyle to verify this). However, the font-spec error remains. Commented Apr 7, 2015 at 13:50
  • 1
    Ok very simple solution; the .ttf files have to be put in the /fonts path (see line 67) Commented Apr 7, 2015 at 14:19

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