I am using the Accanthis font in XeLaTex and it has unfortunate ligatures, especially abbreviations containing AE are converted to Æ.

I have controlled this by editing the accanthis.sty file to change \defaultfontfeatures to

 Ligatures = NoRequired,...

instead of TeX, but this seems like a terrible solution.

How should I change a template to do the same thing? At the moment, it contains


Is there a way of overriding the sty commands in the .tex file and not editing the .sty file?

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The accanthis package, with XeLaTeX or LuaLaTeX does nothing more than loading the font.


  UprightFont    = *-Regular,
  ItalicFont     = *-Italic,
  BoldFont       = *-Bold,
  BoldItalicFont = *-BoldItalic,


AE ae fi fl -- --- ``''


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  • Thanks @egreg. Your answer works in LaTeX. Unfortunately, the document starts life as an RMarkdown file and it gives "! Undefined control sequence.l.26 \setmainfont {AccanthisADFStdNo3}[". It nonetheless produces a .tex file that generates the document correctly. How frustrating! Looks like a question for the RMarkdown forum. Dec 29, 2020 at 17:52
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    @user1683586 I guess you need to teach the conversion to do \usepackage{fontspec}.
    – egreg
    Dec 29, 2020 at 17:59
  • Spot on @egreg! I uninstalled and reinstalled the fontspec package and now it works all the way through. I am a bit surprised that it ever worked in the first place. Many thanks. Dec 29, 2020 at 18:05

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