[NTG-context] Non-standard font alternatives

Matthew McCabe matt.mccabe.888 at icloud.com
Tue Dec 13 09:15:42 CET 2022

Hi list,

I'm looking to import a font with medium and light weights (in this case Roboto) and define font alternatives so one can quickly switch to light text just as one would switch to bold text. There is a stackexchange answer from Wolfgang (https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/303648/context-font-weights) which details a solution to this problem for ConTeXt MkIV but despite my best efforts I haven't been able to get things to work for me. There is the Roboto typescript example on ConTeXt garden but it isn't exactly what I'm looking for as for the document I'm making I would prefer to be able to treat the font weights as alternatives rather than separate families since I will be switching often.

One can download the exact set of fonts I am using from https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Roboto

Here is my code:

\definefontalternative[lf] % light
\definefontalternative[li] % lightitalic
\definefontalternative[md] % medium
\definefontalternative[mi] % mediumitalic

\starttypescript [sans] [roboto]
  \definefontsynonym [SansLight]        [file:Roboto-Light]        [features=default]
  \definefontsynonym [SansLightItalic]  [file:Roboto-LightItalic]  [features=default]
  \definefontsynonym [Sans]             [file:Roboto-Regular]      [features=default]
  \definefontsynonym [SansItalic]       [file:Roboto-Italic]       [features=default]
  \definefontsynonym [SansMedium]       [file:Roboto-Medium]       [features=default]
  \definefontsynonym [SansMediumItalic] [file:Roboto-MediumItalic] [features=default]
  \definefontsynonym [SansBold]         [file:Roboto-Bold]         [features=default]
  \definefontsynonym [SansBoldItalic]   [file:Roboto-BoldItalic]   [features=default]
  \definefontsynonym [SansCaps]         [file:Roboto-Sans]         [features=smallcaps]

\starttypescript [sans] [roboto]
  \definebodyfont [default] [rm]
     [lf=SansLight sa 1,
      li=SansLightItalic sa 1,
      tf=Sans sa 1,
      it=SansItalic sa 1,
      md=SansMedium sa 1,
      mi=SansMediumItalic sa 1,
      bf=SansBold sa 1,
      bi=SansBoldItalic sa 1,
      sc=SansCaps sa 1]




\lf Light
\li LightItalic
\tf Regular
\it Italic
\md Medium
\mi MediumItalic
\bf Bold
\bi BoldItalic
\sc SmallCaps


- The result is entirely in the regular weight default font:

What I've tried:

1. I've tried a great deal of alternative \definefontsynonym arguments such as specifying by name, including the full path to each ttf file

2. I played around with different two character \definefontalternative arguments to ensure there was no overlap with existing commands (as far as I am aware the existing set are otherwise undefined)

A few things to note:

1. My current version of ConTeXt is 2022.12.09 16:34

2. For portability I have included the ttf files for Roboto in a directory within my project directory and while setting things up I set OSFONTDIR to include this directory and run `mtxrun --script fonts --reload --force`

3. `mtxrun --script fonts --list --all --pattern=Robo` yields:

identifier           familyname   fontname             filename                                 subfont   instances

roboto               roboto       robotoregular        ./fonts/Roboto/Roboto-Regular.ttf
robotoblack          roboto       robotoblack          ./fonts/Roboto/Roboto-Black.ttf
robotoblackitalic    roboto       robotoblackitalic    ./fonts/Roboto/Roboto-BlackItalic.ttf
robotobold           roboto       robotobold           ./fonts/Roboto/Roboto-Bold.ttf
robotobolditalic     roboto       robotobolditalic     ./fonts/Roboto/Roboto-BoldItalic.ttf
robotoitalic         roboto       robotoitalic         ./fonts/Roboto/Roboto-Italic.ttf
robotolight          roboto       robotolight          ./fonts/Roboto/Roboto-Light.ttf
robotolightitalic    roboto       robotolightitalic    ./fonts/Roboto/Roboto-LightItalic.ttf
robotomedium         roboto       robotomedium         ./fonts/Roboto/Roboto-Medium.ttf
robotomediumitalic   roboto       robotomediumitalic   ./fonts/Roboto/Roboto-MediumItalic.ttf
robotonormal         roboto       robotoregular        ./fonts/Roboto/Roboto-Regular.ttf
robotoregular        roboto       robotoregular        ./fonts/Roboto/Roboto-Regular.ttf
robotothin           roboto       robotothin           ./fonts/Roboto/Roboto-Thin.ttf
robotothinitalic     roboto       robotothinitalic     ./fonts/Roboto/Roboto-ThinItalic.ttf

4. Using `\definedfont[name:robotomedium*default] hello` and `\definedfont[file:Roboto-Thin*default] hello` (for example) work exactly as expected

I hope this isn't a silly question, I'm very new to ConTeXt and have been struggling for a while so thought I may as well ask in case there's something I'm missing, would appreciate any guidance :)

Regards, Matt

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