As far as I can tell from the documentation, \usepackage{fouriernc} should set up NC Schoolbook, from the fourier package, as the front for the main text with a suitable font for math. So I expect a document that does not contain any math to look the same with \usepackage{fouriernc} and \usepackage{fourier}.

But in fact, they look similar; with fouriernc the font is a bit thicker and wider… Why is that?

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It's quite the contrary, in fact: fouriernc uses the NewCentury Schoolbook fonts for your text, and the Fourier fonts (designed by Michel Bovani) for your maths.

If you load the fourier package, it's the Utopia fonts which will be used for the text: the Fourier fonts are in fact math fonts which have been designed to complement the Utopia (text) fonts.

So it is quite normal that your 100 % text document looks different with each package. One uses New Century Schoolbook and the other Utopia.

  • Thanks! Confusing names… Is there a “proper” with witch I set the text to New Century Schoolbook, when I do not care about the math font? Oct 25, 2017 at 19:16
  • \usepackage{newcent} or \usepackage{tgschola}, if I remember correctly. But \usepackage{fouriernc} does the job as well: it won't complain if you don't use the math fonts. ;-) Oct 25, 2017 at 19:24

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