A double-struck character set that I like is available in txmiaX font which comes with newtx package. I have been trying to move most of my math fonts to OTF versions and the closest I have found to this one is in Asana-Math.otf. Subtly, though, I like the newtx double-struck characters better. I have two questions, actually, and I'll slide the first on in because the second one is the what I would really like an answer for. First, is there an .otf version of newtx math fonts that I am somehow missing? I have found the TexGyreTermesX and ntxsups series, but they are missing most of the math characters from the Type 1 fonts.

Second, as it appears that I will need to keep some Type 1 fonts in addition to mtpro2, is it possible to rescale them so that, at the very least, all the capitals are the same height? Explicitly, is it possible to rescale a specific conventional TeX style Type 1 font? I am using XeTeX to compile with OTF text fonts, fontspec with no-math option, no unicode-math loaded, and mtpro2 for math.

Addendum: I don't think I was clear enough, and I apologize. When using an OpenType font, two lines are required. For instance:


The equivalent that I am using for loading the font which provides the second set of characters in David Carlisle's answer below is

\DeclareFontFamily{U}{txmath}{\skewchar \font =127}

After this, the usage is the same. Is there a "Scale" mechanism in the latter nomenclature or a way to modify the former to deal with Type 1 fonts? I'd like to make these characters available at the correct size from the onset.

  • Tex Gyre Termes Math has a full set of math characters, not sure which characters you mean by "but they are missing most of the math characters from the Type 1 fonts" ? Commented Aug 5, 2023 at 21:49
  • you can of course scale type 1 and opentype fonts to any size Commented Aug 5, 2023 at 21:51
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    \DeclareFontShape{U}{txmath}{m}{n}{<-> s*[1.5] txmiaX}{} Commented Aug 6, 2023 at 13:35
  • @DavidCarlisle Thank you. that's what I was looking for. I knew there had to be syntax available, but I couldn't seem to find it.
    – Mike Pugh
    Commented Aug 6, 2023 at 14:04
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    texdoc fontguide sec 4.3 Commented Aug 6, 2023 at 14:09

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newtx provides three styles of blackboard bold, two of which are derived from Opentype fonts, it isn't clear which you want.

XeTeX can of course use opentype directly or type1 via classic TeX tfm metrics, both are scalable formats that can be used at any size.

The double struck in ntxsym is very similar to that in Tex Gyre Termes Math apart from tighter default sidebearings and thinner horizontal strokes:

The second form comes from the tx fonts and isn't readily available as OpenType as far as I know.

The third form is from stix (stix1, although I compare with stix2 opentype here)




{\font\xb=ntxsym at 11pt \xb A\/B\/C\/D\/E\/F\/G\/H\/I\/J\/K\/L\/M\/N\/O\/P\/Q\/R\/S\/T\/U\/V\/W\/X\/Y\/Z}

{\font\xb=ntxsym \xb\spaceskip=1.8pt A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z}

{\font\xc="[texgyretermes-math.otf]" \xc π”Έπ”Ήβ„‚π”»π”Όπ”½π”Ύβ„π•€π•π•‚π•ƒπ•„β„•π•†β„™β„šβ„π•Šπ•‹π•Œπ•π•Žπ•π•β„€}


{\font\xd=nxlmia \xd ^^84^^85^^86^^87^^88^^89^^8a^^8b^^8c^^8d^^8e^^8f^^90^^91^^92^^93^^94^^95^^96^^97^^98^^99^^9a^^9b^^9c^^9d}


{\font\xd=nxlmia \xd ^^c1^^c2^^c3^^c4^^c5^^c6^^c7^^c8^^c9^^ca^^cb^^cc^^cd^^ce^^cf^^d0^^d1^^d2^^d3^^d4^^d5^^d6^^d7^^d8^^d9^^da}

{\font\xc="[STIXTwoMath-Regular.otf]" \xc π”Έπ”Ήβ„‚π”»π”Όπ”½π”Ύβ„π•€π•π•‚π•ƒπ•„β„•π•†β„™β„šβ„π•Šπ•‹π•Œπ•π•Žπ•π•β„€}
  • Yes, I can see where I may have been a bit hyperbolic "most of the math characters...". Maybe "a significant number of..." would have been better. As you probably guessed, it is the second of the three in your example that I cannot find an Opentype version for although Asana-Math comes very close. I actually prefer the third one in your example to mtpro2's sans blackboard font and the first one is very similar to mtpro2's Holey Roman. The second one is noticeably shorter than mtpro2's Holey Roman. Can I scale it on declaration somehow?
    – Mike Pugh
    Commented Aug 6, 2023 at 12:55

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