Using Latin Modern (via lmodern), this word copies fine: Verlagsgesellschaft.




However, if I instead use newcomputermodern I instead get Verlagsgesellscha�, an obvious issue with the ligature. Is it possible to fix this?




The standard solution to copy/paste errors is to add


but that doesn't work on LuaLaTeX. Is there an equivalent? Failing that, I've been told one of the powers of LuaLaTeX is you can make your own font on the fly, pulling glyphs from elsewhere. If there is a fundamental problem with newcomputermodern could I instead pull those glyphs from say, lmodern or cfr-lm, or even use one of those for everything except the upright Greek letters?

(Compiled with LuaLaTeX and tested with SumatraPDF v3.1.2 and Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Version 2020.013.20074 and I updated TeXLive 2020 today, 2020-12-30. Information included as previous questions on this topic have come down to out of date versions of various font of pieces of software)

  • I can replicate this issue on an up-to-date MacTeX2020 system. I find it very curious that a font which, by its very name, claims to be a Computer Modern clone would provide ligatures -- ft and fft -- that do not exist in Computer Modern.
    – Mico
    Dec 31, 2020 at 5:01
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    Not sure if you're using the newcomputermodern package (instead of Latin Modern) because it offers the ft and fft ligatures (and maybe other ligatures too, I don't know). If you're not wedded to the idea of having ft and fft ligatures in your document, you could load the selnolig package and issue the instruction \nolig{ft}{f|t} to suppress ft (and fft) ligatures globally.
    – Mico
    Dec 31, 2020 at 6:21
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    With XeLaTeX the ligature is correctly copied as “ft”. If I use Libertinus Serif, the ft ligature is correctly copied also with LuaLaTeX. Possibly some missing declaration in the font.
    – egreg
    Dec 31, 2020 at 10:07
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    You can use harfbuzz, it recognize the ligature and setup the right ToUnicode (\defaultfontfeatures{Renderer=Harfbuzz}). Beside this you could report at the luaotfload github. Then we can check if it is a problem with the font or the fontloader. Dec 31, 2020 at 10:08
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    I already discussed it with Marcel, he said that the font is the problem--it doesn't provide sensible names to the ligatures-- and he will notify the author. Use harfbuzz in the meantime, that should work ok. Dec 31, 2020 at 18:09

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Hi everybody and Happy New Year. Indeed Marcel contacted me and with the information he provided (for which I thank him), I fixed the fonts. The fonts (newcomputermodern) have been re-uploaded to CTAN and should be available on mirrors in the next 24 hours. The corrected version is Version 2.34.

  • And here I was about to look up how to use Harfbuzz! Thank you!
    – Canageek
    Jan 6, 2021 at 19:11
  • Also, if I find other errors what is the best way to report those bugs?
    – Canageek
    Jan 6, 2021 at 22:04
  • (Several comments deleted; LaTeX was finding the version I installed in Windows, not the updated version)
    – Canageek
    Jan 6, 2021 at 22:20
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    You can contact me by email (found in the documentation)
    – Antonis
    Jan 7, 2021 at 21:15

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