3

When experimenting with the Beamer class I noticed that when using the default SF font (which is Computer Modern AFAIK) in boldface the corners are rounded. It looks like completely different font. (And I think it is. Look at the shape of the 'o' (oh) which became squared instead of rounded.) I have never seen this before on fonts: bold is usually a bold version of the original font. Is this normal/intentional? Why?

I am creating a template for a presentation in company style so I am not allowed to change the font.

Compare Helvetica in normal and boldface, and compare Computer Modern Sans in normal and boldface.

\documentclass{article}
\renewcommand{\familydefault}{\sfdefault}
\usepackage{helvet}
\begin{document}
Helvetica\par
\textbf{Helvetica}
\end{document}

enter image description here

\documentclass{article}
\renewcommand{\familydefault}{\sfdefault}
%\usepackage{helvet}
\begin{document}
Computer Modern\par
\textbf {Computer Modern}
\end{document}

enter image description here

On a side note, for this post I had to create two documents. For the life of it, I have not been able to change the font back to Computer Modern Sans. Although I set the document default to Sans, this command would show Computer Modern with serif. Only when I comment out \usepackage{helvet} I can get the Computer Modern font.

\documentclass{article}
\renewcommand{\familydefault}{\sfdefault}
\usepackage{helvet}
\begin{document}
Helvetica\par
\fontfamily{cmr}\selectfont
Expected Computer Modern Sans here
\end{document}

enter image description here

6
  • The a of Helvetica is quite different as well though!
    – albert
    Apr 28, 2018 at 16:16
  • 1
    you need cmss instead of cmr for the sans font. Apr 28, 2018 at 16:17
  • @Albert: yes, you are right. I don't deny that but it is by far not that obvious as with Computer Modern. Apr 28, 2018 at 20:05
  • @Ulrike Fischer: Makes sense! cmSS instead or cmR. Really impossible to find in Google. Always ending up at the same guides when searching for "setting font to Computer Modern" Apr 28, 2018 at 20:12
  • @UlrikeFischer Would you like to add an answer? Jul 5, 2018 at 19:37

1 Answer 1

3

Font design is the choice of the font designer.

But regarding the font change: You need to use cmss instead of cmr if you want the computer modern sans font:

\documentclass{article}
\renewcommand{\familydefault}{\sfdefault}
\usepackage{helvet}
\begin{document}
Helvetica\par
\fontfamily{cmss}\selectfont
Expected Computer Modern Sans here
\end{document}

enter image description here

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.