# [NTG-context] typeface question: no small capped

Fri Aug 18 06:12:18 CEST 2006

On Thu, 17 Aug 2006, Thomas A. Schmitz wrote:

>
> On Aug 16, 2006, at 11:27 PM, Aditya Mahajan wrote:
>
>>
>> I want to write a conference paper according to IEEE (latex) format,
>> and this involves copying all the bad font choices in IEEEtran.cls
>> (Times text, cm math, ughh...). I need smallcaps only for section
>> titles, so right now I am doing a local switch to latin modern for the
>> section titles. This is what IEEEtran.cls also does. Do you think that
>> faking smallcaps from Times will look better? If so, how can I fake
>> smallcaps?
>>
>> Thanks,
>
> Faking is already implemented: \kap{foo} (see cont-eni, chapter 5.7).

Why is there no "true" faking. I mean with \kap (or \cap or
\smallcapped, all of which are the same), the faked text does not look
like small caps. Compare the output of

{\sc Introduction Again}
\smallcapped{Introduction Again}

Why is there nothing along the lines of the following (unless I missed
something in core-fnt.tex)

\def\mysmallcapped{\let\processword\domysmallcapped\processwords}
\def\domysmallcapped#1{\startdomysmallcapped#1\stopdomysmallcapped}
\def\startdomysmallcapped#1#2\stopdomysmallcapped{\cap{#1\cap{#2}}}

\mysmallcapped{Introduction Again}

I agree that this does not look great, but does look better than using
lm small caps with times text.

> You decide if this is uglier than using latin modern for section
> titles. I have actually bought a couple of professional fonts, and
> once you've seen the real McCoy, you'll find the fake ones repulsive.
> But most people won't even realize, I guess.

Sad but true. Hopefully the STIX fonts will be released[1] and I will
be able to use real small caps with a times like font.

[1] I checked their website and it was updated yesterday. Looks like
they will finally make a release :)