The emerging file standard in digital typography is the OpenType font
standard, jointly developed by Microsoft and Adobe. OpenType fonts are
natively supported by several popular operating systems and have many
features and advantages that make them desirable for high-quality
typography. However, OpenType fonts are not natively supported by the
standard TeX engine. This article is a practical guide to installing
OpenType fonts for use as text fonts in LaTeX.
The steps to install an OpenType font for use in LaTeX
- For each OpenType font file, and for each combination of attributes for that font file, generate and install font metric and encoding files.
- Next, for each font family, generate and install a font
description (.fd) file that maps LaTeX font selection
commands to the installed font files.
- Finally, write and install a style (.sty) file that allows
the user to select the font and its options for use
We begin by discussing font background, the TeX font
handling scheme, and existing font tools, then describe
each of the three steps above in detail.