I just updated my system to use TexLive 2019 and, since the update, some of the features that were previously working for Hoefler Text don't seem to work any more.

I have problems with alternate glyphs, which may be down to my poor coding, but my biggest problem is with smallcaps. I now get the following error, and it resorts to standard case in the compiled PDF. This doesn't seem to be the case with other fonts that I've tried. I should note that I'm doing this in XeLaTex.

"LaTeX Font Warning: Font shape TU/HoeflerText(1)/m/sc' undefined (Font)
TU/HoeflerText(1)/m/n' instead on input line 6."

Are there any reasons why this would be failing now, when it had previously functioned ok prior to the update? Is there an easy fix?

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    I can confirm that \textsc{something} fails for TrueType Hoefler Text, as well as 'Palatino', another TrueType Apple font. This is broken in TL2019, though works correctly in TL2017 and TL2018. – sgmoye Jun 15 at 16:47
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    You might report this at tex-live@tug.org to see if anyone there has information. (It hasn't been reported there yet, to the best of my knowledge.) – barbara beeton Jun 15 at 19:04
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    What happens if you do \font\test="Arial/OT:script=latn;language=DFLT;+smcp;mapping=tex-text;" \test Abc (replace Arial/OT by your font name, probably HoeflerText/OT or something like that, you find it in the log). Do you then get small caps? – Ulrike Fischer Jun 16 at 9:16
  • Yes! That seems to work – Mark Porter Jun 16 at 13:04
  • Does that command load the font differently in some way? – Mark Porter Jun 16 at 13:23

I have no problem with an up-to-date TL2019 and

  BoldFont = HoeflerText-Bold.otf,
  BoldFeatures = {SmallCapsFont = HoeflerText-BoldSC.otf},
  ItalicFont = HoeflerText-RegularItalic.otf,
  ItalicFeatures = {SmallCapsFont = HoeflerText-RegularItalicSC.otf},
  BoldItalicFont = HoeflerText-BoldItalic.otf,
  BoldItalicFeatures = {SmallCapsFont = HoeflerText-BoldItalicSC.otf},
  SmallCapsFont = HoeflerText-RomanSC.otf,

foo \textsc{Weather}
foo \textsc{Weather}
foo \textsc{Weather}
foo \textsc{Weather}


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  • Is that new that the small caps are in their own font file? – Ulrike Fischer Jun 23 at 16:05
  • I don't think the OTF is the version that's distributed with MacOS though - my system comes with a TTF version installed (which used to work), and no sign of an OTF file... – Mark Porter Jun 23 at 18:14
  • I have two Hoefler Fonts, the original "Hoefler Text.ttc" and the ones used in my example. And yes, they have own SC files. DonÄt know why... – user187802 Jun 23 at 18:27

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