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Basic font guidance for Latex

There are various font packages, e.g, times and helvetica available for Latex. Each package is a family of fonts with one member being a roman font and another a sans-serif.

If you want to put your document in a sans-serif font, such as for a grant proposal, you could use the sans-serif font in the times package, which happens to be the helvetica font (like Arial in Windows). To do this for a whole document, insert the following in the preamble of your document:

Note that just using the helvetica package without specifying use of a sans-serif font will not accomplish what you want.

Keywords: Latex, fonts, sans serif, roman, times, helvetica, arial

Last modified: 4/2/06

Chris Paciorek 2012-01-21