# [NTG-context] Problems with Palatino sans serif

Taco Hoekwater taco at elvenkind.com
Tue Oct 21 00:14:00 CEST 2008

Rory Molinari wrote:
>
> So if I understand things correctly, the various arguments are:
>
> [palatino]: the typeface being defined (or modified in this case)
> [ss]:       the part of the typeface being defined (the \ss name)
> [sans]:     refers to a part of the "modern" typeface
> [modern]:   pick the "sans" part of the this typeface
> [default]:  what's this bit?
> [encoding]: the encoding to use
> [rscale]:   a scaling adjustment to make up for CM's smaller x-size.
>
> Is that the general idea?

Yes, spot on. The [default] is for font families with optical scaling
instances and is only used with the computer modern fonts. When combined
with a different font set, like palatino, it doesn't make much sense so
it is usually left at [default].

Best wishes,
Taco