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Re: Can't display Times font in Windows XP

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  • From: John Fultz <jfultz at>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2004 05:54:12 -0500 (EST)
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In the option inspector, with the scope set to global, change the option


to False.

If you're wondering why we would have such an option, it's because many 
people have fonts named "Courier", "Times", or "Helvetica" (the 3 family 
names affected by this option) which are inferior to the Windows built-in 
Courier New, Times New Roman, and Helvetica.  However, our stylesheets (in 
an attempt to be platform-neutral) use the common names, not the Windows 
names.  So, the default setting of this option prevents the 
usually-unintended consequence of using non-standard fonts with the 
stylesheets packaged with Mathematica.  The non-default setting is for 
people like you, who have a very clear idea of what they're doing.


John Fultz
jfultz at
User Interface Group
Wolfram Research, Inc.

On Sat, 7 Feb 2004 23:36:05 -0500 (EST), L. Dwynn Lafleur wrote:
> 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
> NimbusRomNo9L.
> 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
> NimbusRomNo9L.
> Is there a way I can get Mathematica to use the Type 1 Times fonts
> instead
> of Times New Roman?
> Dwynn
> ****************************************
> L. Dwynn Lafleur
> Professor of Physics
> University of Louisiana at Lafayette
> lafleur at
> ****************************************

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