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I am trying to use Minion Pro’s swash italics in my files. The typical method, \usepackage{Minion Pro} and \textsw{Text to be Swashed}, fails when using fontspec. I need fontspec to switch between fonts mid-file; the document I’m typesetting uses several, most of which do not have direct LaTeX support, and are loaded as system fonts using XeTeX or LuaTeX.

Using the following code

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{Minion Pro}
\begin{document}
\textsw{Qu’est que c’est?}

\emph{Qu’est que c’est?}

\textsw{Zygoma}

\emph{Zygoma}
\end{document}

properly produces

Note that the apostrophes are missing; I don’t know how to make LaTeX take UTF-8 (a problem notably absent with fontspec). This is impertinent, and should be ignored. More importantly, there is a significant difference between the swashed (first and third row) italics and non-swashed (second and fourth row) italics, prominently in the Q and Z characters.

Now, merely by loading fontspec, the Minion Pro package vanishes into the aether. \textsw does nothing and my text adopts the skeletal visage of Computer Modern. Using the following code

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{Minion Pro}
\usepackage{fontspec}
\begin{document}
\textsw{Qu’est que c’est?}

\emph{Qu’est que c’est?}

\textsw{Zygoma}

\emph{Zygoma}
\end{document}

produces

Setting Minion Pro as the main text face works, but the \textsw command remains impotent, and I can’t swash my text; using the following code:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{Minion Pro}
\usepackage{fontspec}
\setmainfont{Minion Pro}
\begin{document}
\textsw{Qu’est que c’est?}

\emph{Qu’est que c’est?}

\textsw{Zygoma}

\emph{Zygoma}
\end{document}

produces

Note that the \textsw command is provided by the Minion Pro package itself, and is not—to my knowledge—available as a generic LaTeX command.

How can I use Minion’s italic swashes with fontspec?

I may have had my PDF viewer at different zoom levels while taking the screenshots; please disregard any font size discrepancies.

I’ve used LuaTeX and XeTeX with this, and run into the same problem with each. pdfTeX works on the first example provided, but, as with Lua- and XeTeX, clobbers my apostrophes and doesn’t work with fontspec.

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  • The package is without spaces \usepackage{MinionPro} and it works only for pdflatex and the Type1 version of Minion Pro – user2478 Aug 10 '15 at 7:13
  • With pdflatex you should also use \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} and perhaps \usepackage[T1]{fontenc}. – Ulrike Fischer Aug 10 '15 at 7:51
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\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{fontspec}
\setmainfont{Minion Pro}
\newfontface\Swash{MinionPro-It}[Contextuals=Swash]
\newcommand\textsw[1]{{\Swash#1}}
\begin{document}
\textsw{Qu’est que c’est?}

\emph{Qu’est que c’est?}

\textsw{Zygoma}

\emph{Zygoma}
\end{document}

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  • +1, but perhaps it's better with \DeclareTextFontCommand{\textsw}{\Swash}. – egreg Aug 10 '15 at 8:24

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