The Latin Modern (LM) Family of Fonts

It is here where GUSTs e-foundry guys, Bogusław Jacko Jackowski and Janusz M. Nowacki aka Ulan, supported in LaTeX matters by Marcin Woliski, are delivering fonts developed by them for the Latin Modern Project.

The project started in 2002 and will run for several more years. It is funded byDANTE e.V.GUTenbergNTGTUGCS TUGandGUST.

You may go directly to thedownloadsection and/or consult the availablepublications. You might also be interested in the fontslicensing.

If you are into typesetting mathematics, you might also be interested in theLatin Modern Mathfonts in the OpenType format.

The Latin Modern fonts are derived from the famous Computer Modern fonts designed byDonald E. Knuthand described in Volume E of hisComputers & Typesettingseries.

An extendedType 1 (PostScript)form implementation of the Computer Modern fonts resulting from the work of numerous people was derived from high resolution METAFONT-generated bitmaps and published in 1997 for general use under the name of AMSFonts by a consortium of scientific publishers which included theAmerican Mathematical Society(AMS). The AMS since then holds the copyrights for AMSFonts in order to assure their authenticity. More details can be found in therelevant sectionat the AMS web site.

One of the main extensions characterizing the Latin Modern collection is the addition of an extensive set of diacritical characters, covering many scripts based on the Latin character set, mainly European, but not only, most notably Vietnamese. The project is authored by Bogusław Jacko Jackowski and Janusz M. Nowacki aka Ulan, supported in LaTeX matters by Marcin Woliski.

The method and scope of the LM project, more fully described in the availablepublications and presentations, has become to be known as LM-ization. This method was also applied to the font families distributed with theGhostscriptprogram to produce theTeX Gyre fonts.

The following 72 text fonts, published with MetaType1 sources, constitute the Latin Modern family:

lmb10, lmbo10, lmbx5, lmbx6, lmbx7, lmbx8, lmbx9, lmbx10, lmbx12, lmbxi10, lmbxo10, lmcsc10, lmcsco10, lmdunh10, lmduno10, lmr5, lmr6, lmr7, lmr8, lmr9, lmr10, lmr12, lmr17, lmri7, lmri8, lmri9, lmri10, lmri12, lmro8, lmro9, lmro10, lmro12, lmro17, lmss8, lmss9, lmss10, lmss12, lmss17, lmssbo10, lmssbx10, lmssdc10, lmssdo10, lmsso8, lmsso9, lmsso10, lmsso12, lmsso17, lmssq8, lmssqbo8, lmssqbx8, lmssqo8, lmtcsc10, lmtcso10, lmtk10, lmtko10, lmtl10, lmtlc10, lmtlco10, lmtlo10, lmtt8, lmtt9, lmtt10, lmtt12, lmtti10, lmtto10, lmu10, lmvtk10, lmvtko10, lmvtl10, lmvtlo10, lmvtt10, lmvtto10.

In addition there are 20 math fonts, for which the Metatype1 sources were not published with the release of the Latin Modern Family:

lmbsy5, lmbsy7, lmbsy10, lmex10, lmmi5, lmmi6, lmmi7, lmmi8, lmmi9, lmmi10, lmmi12, lmmib5, lmmib7, lmmib10, lmsy5, lmsy6, lmsy7, lmsy8, lmsy9, lmsy10.

This has changed in 2011 by the release of theLatin Modern Math(LM Math) fonts. Taken together, both families are now a completely modernized implementation of the Computer Modern Fonts in theOpenTypeformat.

The Latin Modern family is distributed in the form of one set of Postscript fonts and sets of TeX metric files for the following character encodings:

CS (CS TUG; cs-*.tfm), EC (Cork aka T1; ec-*.tfm), QX (GUST; qx-*.tfm), RM (regular math, used in OT1 and OT4; rm-*.tfm), L7X (Lithuanian; l7x-*.tfm), Y&Ys TeXnANSI (aka LY1; texnansi-*.tfm), T5 (Vietnamese; t5-*.tfm), Text Companion for EC fonts (aka TS1; ts1-*.tfm).

The fonts are also available in theOpenTypeformat (OTF), ready to be used e.g., with popular WYSIWYG document processors, but see also the Unicode font encoding definitions for XeTeX, referenced in theReadingssection. The provision of the OTF version is for TeX an important step into the Unicode age.

The mostup-to-date version, in various formats, including theOpenTypeformat, can be downloaded fromhere.

The Latin Modern fonts are included in many TeX distributions, likeTeX LiveMiKTeXW32TeXorgwTeX. Of course, they are also available from the main source of TeX software, theComprehensive TeX Archive Network(CTAN).

The Latin Modern fonts are being released under theGUST Font License (GFL), which is a free license, legally equivalent to theLaTeX Project Public License (LPPL), version 1.3c or later.

Apreprint(with photos of Bogusław Jackowski) and thefinal versionof the paper by Bogusław Jackowski (GUST) and Janusz M. Nowacki (GUST) given by the former at the 25th TeX Anniversary TUG conference, Waikoloa Beach, Big Island, Hawaii, USA.

Apaperby Bogusław Jackowski (GUST) and Janusz M. Nowacki (GUST), given by the former at the EuroTeX 2005 conference, Pont–Mousson, France.

Anarticleby Will Robertson (School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide, Australia) published in The PracTeX Journal, No. 1 (2006).

There is also an article Testovn LM-fontu s ohledem na cs. sazbu (cf. page 3 of the referencedCSTUGbulletin) by Karel Pška on his efforts in Latin Modern testing. Although it is written in the Czech language, the provided illustrations speak volumes. The e-foundry team is greatly indebted to Karel.

TheEUenc packageat CTAN, by Will Robertson (School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide, Australia), attempting to provide LaTeX font encoding based on Unicode. The EU1 Latin Modern encoding is offered in order to access the OpenType LM versions with XeTeX, see euenc.pdf, the packages documentation.

Michael Eversons siteThe Alphabets of Europemight be of interest to those who want, e.g., to verify to what extend the Latin Modern andTeX Gyrefamilies allow to typeset texts with Latin alphabet based scripts.

You may also find interesting the information on theNavajoandVietnamesealphabets, both covered by the repertoire of glyphs of the Latin Modern and TeX Gyre collections.

There are, however, lots of Latin-based glyphs missing from the collections, see, e.g., the work of Conrad TaylorTypesetting African Languages, which is a good thing because it demonstrates that there is still a lot to be done within the Latin Modern and TeX Gyre projects.

Ahistorical note, provided by Nelson Beebe, on one of the first attempts at extending the usability of the Computer Modern fonts.

Updating resources – graphics as by Bogusław Jackowski

New versions of GUSTs e-foundry math fonts

A pre-release, testing version of TG Bonum Math

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