[texhax] Using XeTeX to select fonts

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Mon Jan 28 18:27:21 CET 2013

On Jan 27, 2013, at 5:21 PM, Clint Olsen wrote:

> What I would like to know is whether it's possible to select a family
> of fonts so that when I select markup like { \sl  <text> } or { \bf
> <text } it will select the desired font variant. I'm noticing that it
> reverts to the usual Latin Modern fonts for the variants.

If you really want to use Plain TeX, then you're going to have to get down w/ the code for TeX itself.

One technique of investigation is to use the \show command, e.g., \show \sl \bye

Or, you can look at the source for the TeX format --- I believe that there was once a Literate version of it prepared --- ah, here we are (I think):



(a reformed Plain TeX user who now uses LaTeX --- David Kastrup I think it was, had a great analogy about using Plain TeX like to controlling a car using sets of reins attached to a car's engine and steering and brake systems so that one couldn't close the hood lest one cut them off)

William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications
Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow.

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