In Emacs I use the 10x20 font because it has a great support for Unicode symbols. I tried to use this font with xelatex using something like



\texttt{Testing the mono font.}

but I got the following error:

! fontspec error: "font-not-found"
! The font "10x20" cannot be found.
! See the fontspec documentation for further information.
! For immediate help type H <return>.

I know I should use the font name with \setmonofont, but the only information I have is that 10x20 is a short name for -Misc-Fixed-Medium-R-Normal--20-200-75-75-C-100-ISO10646-1.

Can I use the 10x20 font with xelatex?

  • This looks like an X bitmap font, XeTeX does not support bitmap fonts (apart from MetaFont bitmaps). Dec 6, 2012 at 15:55
  • without some sort of conversion, i don't think there's a chance of using the font with xetex. (i did a bit of a search, and all fonts i found, whose name includes "10x20", are x11 bitmap fonts ... which would seem to confirm khaled hosny's hypothesis.) Dec 6, 2012 at 17:45
  • Thanks. I will see if I can use some sort of conversion for using the font.
    – asr
    Dec 6, 2012 at 20:55
  • @AndrésSicard-Ramírez You may try FreeMono that has a wide coverage of Unicode.
    – egreg
    Apr 2, 2013 at 10:27

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The 10x20 font is almost surely a bitmap font that can be used with X11 displays, but not with XeLaTeX or LuaLaTeX that require OpenType or TrueType fonts.

For a monospaced font with wide coverage of Unicode, you can try FreeMono, that's included in TeX Live.

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