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Using Math fonts in MkIV

ConTeXt ships with typescript for the following math fonts. To use these typescripts, either use


To combine these math fonts with other text fonts, create your own typescript

Font Name Typescript Name Extra information
Latin Modern modern
Termes (Times clone) times Use \enablemode[txmath] to use txmath fonts (better don’t)
Pagella (Palatino clone) palatino Use \enablemode[pxmath] to use pxmath fonts (better don’t)
Bonum (Bookman clone) bonum
Schola (Century Schoolbook clone) schola
Iwona iwona sans
Antykwa Torunska antykwa-torunska
Lucida (Opentype fonts) lucidaot Add \loadtypescriptfile[lucida-opentype] before the font directives
Lucida (Type One fonts) lucida Add \loadtypescriptfile[lucida-typeone] before the font directives. (Better don’t use.)
XITS (Opentype version of STIX) xits
XITS (BiDi support) xitsbidi
Asana (Palatino clone) asana
Palatino Informal informal sans
Mathdesign Charter charter Add \loadtypescriptfile[mathdesign] before the font directives
Mathdesign Garamond garamond Add \loadtypescriptfile[mathdesign] before the font directives
Mathdesign Utopia utopia Add \loadtypescriptfile[mathdesign] before the font directives
HV Math hvmath
Math times mathtimes
Cambria cambria
Euler (Fallback on Palatino) pagellaovereuler Add \appendtoks \rm \to \everymathematics

\setupmathematics[lcgreek=normal, ucgreek=normal] after the font directives.

Old Article

This article is about various mathematical fonts that can be used in ConTeXt; it doubles as a list of math fonts. Tweaks are collected here; longer pieces of code are given their own article.

Latin Modern

Latin Modern is an OTF remake of the Computer Modern fonts, and the default ConteXt font. The OpenType Latin Modern Math is ConTeXt Mark IV 's default math font. While the OTF Latin Modern Math was under development, ConTeXt used the Type1 version, hacked to look like OTF to the engine, and with some tweaks on top. If you still want the old behaviour, you can put


at the top of your document.

TeX Gyre

The GUST foundry, the creator of the TeX Gyre - Old Content fonts, has created OTF math fonts to go with Pagella (Palatino), Termes (Times), Bonum (Bookman) and Schola (New Century Schoolbook). Using these fonts for math is automatically enabled when you set the appropriate bodyfont.

\setupbodyfont[palatino]   % or pagella
% or
\setupbodyfont[times]      % or termes
% or
\setupbodyfont[bookman]    % or bonum
% or
\setupbodyfont[schoolbook] % or schola

There exist also virtual versions of these fonts. The virtual counterparts are adaptations of the old TFM/Type1 fonts so they look like OpenType math fonts to the engine. ConTeXt MkIV used them for a while so that it could move entirely to Unicode/OpenType math while waiting for the real OpenType fonts, and quite some tweaks went into making them look good.

If you want to keep the old behaviour, type


at the top of your document. This does not set the math font directly; rather it specifies that if Pagella or Termes is used for maths, ConTeXt should use the virtual font instead of the non-virtual one. (This made sense in 2012, but not any more since 2014.)

Blackboard bold

Blackboard bold is built into Latin Modern and ConTeXt. Use it like so:


See Blackboard bold for further details.


Euler is a math font created by Hermann Zapf. It combines well with Palatino, inter alia; see Palatino with Euler for Math - Old Content. See also the Euler in ConTeXt My Way by Adam Lindsay.


The doublestroke fonts are an alternative to the msbm blackboard bold font. To use them with ConTeXt, see Doublestroke.

Ralph Smith's formal script

Ralph Smith's Formal Script is a script alphabet that blends well with Latin Modern. Typescript instructions are on the Rsfs page.

Bold math

See Bold Math