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 small caps. 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)              
using TU/HoeflerText(1)/m/n instead on input line 6."

Are there any reasons why this would be failing now, when it had previously worked 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, 2019 at 16:47
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    You might report this at [email protected] to see if anyone there has information. (It hasn't been reported there yet, to the best of my knowledge.) Jun 15, 2019 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? Jun 16, 2019 at 9:16
  • Yes! That seems to work Jun 16, 2019 at 13:04
  • Does that command load the font differently in some way? Jun 16, 2019 at 13:23

2 Answers 2


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? Jun 23, 2019 at 16:05
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    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... Jun 23, 2019 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, 2019 at 18:27

I see the same problem in Mactex 2020.04.07 (using TeX Live 2020). My error message is:

LaTeX Font Warning: Font shape `TU/HoeflerText(0)/m/sc' undefined

I do not know why your font is HoeflerText(1) and mine is HoeflerText(0).

To get small caps working I added:

       {<-> "Hoefler\space Text:Letter\space Case=Small\space Caps"}{}

to the preamble.

If you want small caps in bold, italic, and bold italic you should also add:

% Bold small caps
       {<-> "Hoefler\space Text\space Black:Letter\space Case=Small\space Caps"}{}
% Italic small caps
       {<-> "Hoefler\space Text\space Italic:Letter\space Case=Small\space Caps"}{}
% Bold italic small caps
       {<-> "Hoefler\space Text\space Black\space Italic:Letter\space Case=Small\space Caps"}{}

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