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# LaTeX and Arial font

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# LaTeX and Arial font

Posted by Leo Soto on .

I'm doing a boring university assignment: a console minesweeper and another game, both written in plain C, without even ncurses (as it will be tested on Windows platform, there is no point on using that anyway). But this isn't about the assignment.

We are also required to write a report about the problem, the details of the chosen implementation, user manual, you know, all the non-programming work that is supposed to be related with every "real world program". Except that doing this with a toy program seems overkill...

Anyway, this isn't about if I should make the reports or not. I must. Otherwise, I'll get a 1.0 (Here qualifications go from 1.0 to 7.0).

This is about the university requiring me to use Arial font in such report. And I don't use Word or OpenOffice Writer. I use LaTeX. So, how I tell LaTeX to use Arial when typesetting my document?

Google answers really fast: use the helvet package. Yeah, that's Helvetica, not Arial. But they are similar, according to that web page.

After a bit of researching, I learned that Arial is (almost) a copy of Helvetica, and not the other way around. And that it is everywhere just because it was cheaper when MS looked for a font for Windows 3.1. At the same time, it seems that Apple choose Helvetica anyway, because its users were more sensible to the differences between these fonts.

So, I should put \usepackage{helvet} \renewcommand{\familydefault}{\sfdefault} in the preamble of the report and go back to write it right now, instead of procrastinating reading the web or writing here. Oh, but they are also asking for special headers in the report...