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RE: Fonts and Plot

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  • Subject: [mg48241] RE: [mg48206] Fonts and Plot
  • From: "David Park" <djmp at>
  • Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 02:42:20 -0400 (EDT)
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In 5.0.0 it works correctly. In 4.2 it doesn't.

David Park
djmp at 

From: M J Hounslow [mailto:m.j.hounslow at]
To: mathgroup at

I like to use the font Century Schoolbook because italicised letters
often look more attractive than their equivalents in, for example, the
"Times" range of fonts.  In particular an italic "v" in Century
Schoolbook has a nice rounded shape while a "v" in Times is angular, and
indistinguishable from the Greek letter "nu".  I find that when I try to
label all, or part , of a Plot with Century Schoolbook it does not work.
So, for example, I can create two labels for a plot by
	labelcs=StyleForm["v", FontFamily->"Century Schoolbook",
FontSlant->"Italic", FontSize->18]
	labelt=StyleForm["v", FontFamily->"Times", FontSlant->"Italic",
and both of these display as they should on the screen.  However, if I
then try to incorporate them in a Plot by
	Plot[x^2, {x,-2, 2}, AxesLabel -> labelcs]
	Plot[x^2, {x,-2, 2}, AxesLabel -> labelt]
Both plots appear identical.  Use of Show Expression reveals that indeed
the kernel has made a font substitution to Time-Itallic.  Does anyone
know why, and if so, how can I stop it?  For the record I am using
Mathematica 4.2 on Windows XP Pro 2002.

Michael J. Hounslow
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Department of Chemical and Process Engineering
The University of Sheffield, UK

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