As far as I understood changing the typeface from the default is hard in ConTeXt. Here is my example of using not the default typeface - first question: Is this the correct way?:

    \mainlanguage   [de]


\setuppapersize[MyBook][A5] % Prints on paper the size of MyBook

% Fonts & Typography

\setupbodyfontenvironment   [default][em=italic] % use italic as em, not slanted


This is a test text.

Now if I change from palatino to garamond by setting


then ConTeXt goes back to its Standard Computer Modern, how to change to garamond?

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    Your example code is not minimal. Setting the layout, language or paper is not related to your question at all. Have a look at Wiki - Fonts in LuaTeX, especially the simplefonts module. – Marco Oct 30 '12 at 12:08
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    Which Garamond font are you using? Afaict the minimals don’t ship with an official typescript for any of the Garamond variants, so it’s no wonder your example fails. If you are lucky, Wolfgang may have one ready for you edition in his typescript collection. Else in order to write a typescript more information is needed: which file contains which face etc. – Philipp Gesang Oct 30 '12 at 12:32
  • Ok, with \usemodule[simplefonts] \setmainfont[helvetica] I can change it to helvetica, but now \definefontfeature[default][default][expansion=quality,protrusion=quality] \setupalign[hz,hanging] has no effect. That may be related to the typescript, which is needed, correct? If so, which other than default and Palatino are supported? – Mustafa Oct 30 '12 at 13:10

The easiest way to use fonts with ConTeXt is to use the simplefonts module.

For testing, I am using EB Garamond. (You may need to run mtxrun --script fonts --reload to refresh the font database after you install the font).


\usemodule  [simplefonts][size=10pt]
\setmainfont[EB Garamond 12][expansion=quality,protrusion=quality]

\setupalign [hanging] 

\showframe % To show protrusion

\input ward

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  • Thank you. Two questions: First, how can I install this font in Windows with protrusion? And second: Where can I find more font, which support protrusion? – Mustafa Nov 1 '12 at 8:20
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    ConTeXt should be able to fibd the font in the default windows font directory. So just install the font the normal way and reload the font database. AFAIU, all (latin script based) fonts support protrusion. – Aditya Nov 1 '12 at 12:29

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