Using XeLaTeX on OS X 10.6 (texlive installed with MacPorts) I'm not getting any ligatures with Hoefler.

Example code:

\setromanfont[Mapping=tex-text]{Hoefler Text}
ff fl fi ffl ffi


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From my understanding Hoefler ought to have ligatures, but they're not showing up. Am I missing something?

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    What version of TeXLive/XeTeX does MacPorts give you? Your example works fine for me with Mac OS X 10.6 and MacTeX 2010. Dec 1, 2010 at 7:11
  • The version string shows: This is XeTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.2-0.9995.2 (TeX Live/MacPorts 2009_6)
    – Mark Dayel
    Dec 1, 2010 at 16:14

3 Answers 3


It's not that the MacPorts version is broken, it is that by default the MacPorts does not include ATSUI. Rebuild the macports version with sudo port install texlive-bin +atsui should fix the problem. Note that this forces the binaries to be 32-bit (so make sure all dependency has been built in 32-bit or universal) which is why it is not on by default.

  • In case it helps anyone: I achieved this by uninstalling all installed ports, and then running sudo port install texlive-bin +atsui +x11; sudo port install texlive +doc +medium; sudo port activate texlive-bin @2012_5+atsui+x11 . That worked for me (and gave me proper ligatures in Zapfino, and let me use alternates as per tex.stackexchange.com/q/33855/15911), but there may well be a quicker way :)
    – user15911
    Mar 18, 2013 at 0:08
  • See also: trac.macports.org/ticket/28497
    – user15911
    Mar 18, 2013 at 0:12

Looks like this is a problem with the macports version of texlive (tried 2009_6 and 2010_0). Installed texlive with MacTeX and ligatures work now.



\fontspec[Mapping=tex-text, Ligatures={Common, Rare, Historical}]{Hoefler Text}

Note that "common, rare, historical" will enable a whole bunch of ligatures. if you want the standard ff, ffi, ffl, just the "common" option should suffice.

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    Common is enabled by default; you'll rarely, if ever, have to specify it manually. Dec 1, 2010 at 7:10
  • Adding the line:\setromanfont[Mapping=tex-text, Ligatures={Common, Rare, Historical}]{Hoefler Text} Doesn't change the output, but gives this error: ` Package fontspec Warning: OpenType feature 'Ligatures=Common' (+liga) not available for font "Hoefler Text/ICU", with script 'Latin', and language 'Default'. This warning occured on input line 6.` (and similar for Rare and Historical)
    – Mark Dayel
    Dec 1, 2010 at 16:17
  • P.S. I don't get the 'Ligatures=Common' (+liga) not available error without the Ligatures={Common} option manually enabled.
    – Mark Dayel
    Dec 1, 2010 at 16:32
  • are you using the Hoefler Text included with OS X?
    – Mica
    Dec 1, 2010 at 17:30
  • Yes---this is the default Hoefler Text that came with the OS (Fontbook identifies it as Hoefler Text; 6.1d7e1; 2009-09-21)
    – Mark Dayel
    Dec 1, 2010 at 17:38

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