I'm using pdfLaTeX with DayRoman S font package. I've installed the package through the getnonfreefonts script, then loaded it using the following command in the preamble of my document:


as explained in the dedicated section at the LaTeX font catalogue.

Unfortunately, the s character is not displaying properly, as I get elongated s's when the character is final as well. Should be "uſitatas", and so on

As you can see from the picture, the central and final s's do not differ, as they should (uſitatas instead of uſitaſ, see also here ). Every other ligature is correctly working. I would be thankful if someone could help working this out.

  • Welcome to TeX SX! It seems to be a problem with fonstpec not making the correct font feature available. Maybe you could check which exactly are available for this font with the lcdf type tools
    – Bernard
    Commented Apr 10, 2020 at 11:43
  • @Bernard the questions starts with I'm using pdfLaTeX, so fontspec is not relevant. Commented Apr 10, 2020 at 11:55
  • I don't have this font installed, so I can't test it, but I would be surprised if pdflatex could automatically determine the position of an s (especially such an old package). The documentation (dayroman.txt in a zip file) says on the topic of long/round s: “When using the font family "dayroms", entering the s yields the so-called long s. The round s (aka "final s") can be created by entering s:. This method was introduced with Y. Haralambous' old-german fonts and has been established as a quasi-standard with TeX. The drawback is, that \MakeUppercase does not handle s: properly.”
    – doncherry
    Commented Apr 10, 2020 at 11:58
  • @UlrikeFischer: Does pdflatex have any way to manage long s correctly (or even historic ligatures)?
    – Bernard
    Commented Apr 10, 2020 at 11:58

1 Answer 1


You have to enter the round s with s:. (see the documentation that you can access with texdoc dayroman):



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