I download to my laptop CMU Serif font for greek letters, but when I insert charter package (because i want to write english bold text with it) the regular greek letters doesn't show. This is my code

\setmainfont{CMU Serif} 

\chapter{Chapter 1}
This is a Greek text "Ελλάδα" and this is a {\fontfamily{bch}\bfseries\selectfont bold} text

This is my first question. The second is does anyone know if there are charter characters for greek letters?

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    charter probably doesn't have Greek glyphs. If you are using fontspec, you should probably load polyglossia and set a font for Greek. – jon Mar 9 '16 at 2:34
  • I set fonts for greek in the \setmainfont{CMU Serif}, but for some reason \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} make the problem. If I set \usepackage{fontspec} after \usepackage[T1]{fontenc}, I have the greek leters, but not the bold style from charter. – Jon Snow Mar 9 '16 at 3:08
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    Oh, right! If you use fontspec you should not load fontenc (except in certain circumstances and when you know what you are doing). – jon Mar 9 '16 at 3:35
  • Do you know how to use fontenc's bold font without insert fonttenc? – Jon Snow Mar 9 '16 at 3:45
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    fontenc doesn't 'have' bold. A font has it or it doesn't. I'd do a\newfontfamily\charter{XCharter} and then, say, {\charter\bfseries bold} – jon Mar 9 '16 at 3:57

If I insert after \begin{document} the magic code


XeTeX answers by

\T1/CMUSerif(0)/m/n/10=select font ecrm1000

What does this mean?

  • T1 is the current output encoding
  • CMUSerif(0) is the current font family
  • ecrm1000 is the name of the corresponding font file

Before this, you also get

LaTeX Font Warning: Font shape `T1/CMUSerif(0)/m/n' undefined
(Font)              using `T1/cmr/m/n' instead on input line 7.

which warns you that \setmainfont{CMU Serif} basically had no effect. Well it has some effects: it undoes any setting made by lmodern and charter.

Note that neither lmodern nor charter are compatible with (Xe|Lua)LaTeX/fontspec. If you want CMU Serif as your main font, just declare it:

\setmainfont{CMU Serif}


\chapter{Chapter 1}
This is a Greek text ``Ελλάδα''


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If you want Charter as the main font, you should have a version of it that supports Greek. The XCharter font distributed with TeX Live doesn't.

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