# Want to show the percentage symbol using Helvetica rather than using the default text font

The following code produces a strange rendered percentage symbol which looks like this:
Here's my code:

\documentclass[12pt, a4paper, twoside, %openright,
toc=listof, BCOR=5mm, bibliography=totoc, parskip=half]{scrreprt}
\usepackage{helvet}
\usepackage[ngerman]{babel}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\begin{document}
11-13\%
\end{document}


Now I used the board search and came across this solution: Combining Helvetica and Symbol fonts with mathspec But since I'm not too familiar with all these LaTeX packages and I'm not using them, I didn't want to just add them to my code, but wanted to know, which lines i need to add to get my code working without possibly changing anything else which i might not want. Thanks in advance

• That can't be exactly the code that produced the output. I guess you meant to escape the % with a backslash? – Thruston Oct 9 '15 at 13:56
• yes absolutly, gonna edit! – Max Oct 9 '15 at 13:58
• Loading the package helvet changes the default sans-serif font, but loading the package does not change the default text font from serif to sans-serif. You should try \sffamily 11-13\%. Be sure not to forget to escape the % symbol. – Mico Oct 9 '15 at 13:58
• Could be \textsf{11-13\%}. – Sigur Oct 9 '15 at 14:00
• Getting a decent matcvh to computer modern might be tricky, as it's so light. The pdf samples at tug.dk/FontCatalogue/seriffonts.html do have the percent sign, from those you might try Literaturnaya, but it isn't included by default. – Chris H Oct 9 '15 at 15:05

If you really want the matching % from the original font, but without the "little bow" (as I interpret your comment to Mico), then one option is to define a new \% that paints over the offending "bow". Here, I have made it work for different text size changes.

In the MWE, I define \overlayclr so that you can see what I am painting over (when I set it to red). I show the original \% at the far right, so you can see that the size of the revised glyph matches the original.

\documentclass[12pt, a4paper, twoside, %openright,
toc=listof, BCOR=5mm, bibliography=totoc, parskip=half]{scrreprt}
\usepackage{helvet}
\usepackage[ngerman]{babel}
%\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage{graphicx,xcolor,stackengine,scalerel}
\let\svpct\%
\def\overlayclr{white}
\renewcommand{\%}{\scalerel*{\stackon[0pt]{\stackon[0pt]{\normalsize\svpct}{\smash{%
\textcolor{\overlayclr}{\rotatebox{56.8}{\rule[-4.55pt]{2.5pt}{1.5pt}}}}}}%
{\smash{\textcolor{\overlayclr}{%
\rotatebox{27}{\kern-.84pt\rule[-2.5pt]{1.5pt}{2.5pt}}}}}}{\svpct}}
\begin{document}
\end{document}


• Wow, this looks like a really sick solution! And it also looks like a lot of effort, thank you very much for that! And after all it fulfills my wishes even further than the other two solutions. – Max Oct 9 '15 at 16:08

You can get the percent sign in whatever family you want by using

\DeclareRobustCommand{\%}{{%
\mbox{%
\fontencoding{\encodingdefault}%
\fontfamily{<family>}%
\selectfont
\symbol{\%}%
}%
}}


and the only problem is to choose the right <family> name. For Helvetica it would be phv, but the percent symbol would stick out like a sore thumb in a serif font context.

The little bow is customary for serif fonts; among the free ones I can see the Kpfonts and Bookman without it, but the symbol would be again in a non compatible style with the default fonts.

Here's a possible choice for <family>:

If you plan to use \% in math mode, change \mbox into \text (and load amsmath).

And now that you can appreciate the differences in style, stick with the default.

• Quick question: why the double braces? – campa Oct 9 '15 at 15:30
• @campa In the (unlikely) case it is used as $x_\%$ – egreg Oct 9 '15 at 15:32
• thank you very much for your help. This seems to be an even mor appropriate solution than the one provided by mico. i'm going to experiment with that later. Do you know where i can find the <family> name for the literaturnaya font, that @ChrisH suggested? – Max Oct 9 '15 at 15:34
• @Max That would require a quite complex installation on TeX Live. And all for getting this percent sign. Not much different from jkp – egreg Oct 9 '15 at 15:49

If you want to render the default percent symbol in Helvetica, without changing any other aspect of the text font, you could proceed by inserting the following instructions in the preamble:

\usepackage{helvet}   % select Helvetica as the sans-serif font
\let\origpercent\%    % save the "original" "\%" macro
\renewcommand{\%}{\textsf{\origpercent}}
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• Thank you very much, this is what i was looking for. After all the %-symbol now looks a little bit alien in the text. Is there maybe a percent-symbol that looks almost the same like the one in my image but only does not have that little bow? – Max Oct 9 '15 at 14:37
• @Max you'll need to find one from a serif font similar to computer modern, but with separate components. Then you'll need to get it working. Unfortunately % isn't shown in the samples at tug.dk/FontCatalogue/seriffonts.html – Chris H Oct 9 '15 at 14:50