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GotIn.fd is a decorative initial font created by Dieter Steffman. It can be found on CTAN here. While drafting, I've been experimenting with numerous decorative initial fonts found at this archive. A number of them work as expected. EG

% ...within the preamble...
\input{Typocaps.fd}

% ...later in the document...
{\Huge\usefont{U}{Typocaps}{xl}{n}Check out this cool font!}\\

produces this output:

Typocaps.fd working as intended

This is not the case with GotIn.fd. EG:

% ...within the preamble...
\input{GotIn.fd}

% ...later in the document...
{\Huge\usefont{U}{GotIn}{xl}{n}Check out this cool font!}\\

produces this output:

GotIn.fd not working as intended

I am not clear what is going on here. Numerous other fonts from the same archive work as intended. A number of them last updated well before GotIn.fd. Maybe a more experienced LaTeX user can speak to this.

P.S., I'm using overleaf.

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    Probably the font has only uppercase letters.
    – Thérèse
    May 8, 2020 at 0:40
  • Confirmed that by examining the font in FontForge (fontforge.org/en-US).
    – Thérèse
    May 8, 2020 at 0:44
  • Welcome to TeX.SE. We generally prefer to work with "minimal working examples", so that we can copy/paste and immediately see what you're talking about. In this case, I think that just means adding \documentclass{article} ... \begin{document} ... \end{document}.
    – Teepeemm
    May 8, 2020 at 2:06

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@Thérèse was correct in their comment. The font requires the inputted characters be uppercase. Adjusting the code to be such:

% ...within the preamble...
\input{GotIn.fd}

% ...later in the document...
{\Huge\usefont{U}{GotIn}{xl}{n}CHECK OUT THIS COOL FONT!}\\

outputs the desired result. Thank you!

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    Suggestion: Always put \tracinglostchars=2 in all your TeX files, especially when fiddling with fonts: otherwise the warning message about missing characters in fonts appears only in the log file. (A design flaw in TeX IMO: it should have been possible to make it a fatal error.) May 8, 2020 at 2:39
  • Thanks for the tip! I'm certain this should be a default feature when using the [draft] option.
    – sh34v3
    May 8, 2020 at 3:07

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