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Can't display Times font in Windows XP

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  • Subject: [mg46151] Can't display Times font in Windows XP
  • From: "L. Dwynn Lafleur" <lafleur at>
  • Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2004 23:36:05 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: U of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

I am using Mathematica 5.0 in Windows XP.  My Windows fonts include these
Type1  font sets: Times (from Adobe Type Manager) and NimbusRomNo9L (from
Ghostscript).  Of course, XP installs the TrueType Times New Roman font set.
The first two of these fonts are practically identical to my untrained eye.
On the other hand, I can see differences between Times New Roman and the
first two.  Specifically, to see if Times New Roman is being used, I usually
print an italic lower case z.  The bottom of the italic z is practically a
horizontal line in Times New Roman, but it is a wavy curve in Times and in

In Mathematica, if I evaluate the cell
     StyleForm["z", FontFamily -> "Times", FontSlant -> Italic]

the printed z has a flat bottom, i.e., Times New Roman is used instead of
Times.  OTOH, if I evaluate the cell
     StyleForm["zzz", FontFamily -> "NimbusRomNo9L", FontSlant -> Italic]

the printed z is as expected, i.e., it has a wavy bottom characteristic of

Is there a way I can get Mathematica to use the Type 1 Times fonts instead
of Times New Roman?


 L. Dwynn Lafleur
 Professor of Physics
 University of Louisiana at Lafayette
 lafleur at

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