Fonts for eps files

Many scientific journals ask that authors submit figures as eps
files, preferably using one of the standard 35 ps fonts--usually
Helvetica or Times. I've been able to tweak the matplotlib.rc
file to make eps plot files that have all the numbers and labels
in Helvetica (or Times), but have a problem dealing with simple
superscipts and subscripts. Is there a way to get simple LaTeX
strings, such as r'ergs cm$^{-2}$ s$^{-1}$', to use only
Helvetica or Times?

John Mariska

If you have "ps.useafm" set to True, (and "text.usetex" set to False), the mathtext renderer will stick to the standard 35 ps fonts, with the obvious limitations in the number of symbols available, and no radical signs, etc. By default, all math is serif (in this case Times). You can force sans-serif (Helvetica), by wrapping the math in \mathsf{}, eg.

  r'ergs cm$\mathsf{^{-2}}$ s$\mathsf{^{-1}}$'

Let me know if the above doesn't work for you. I only tested with SVN head.

Cheers,
Mike

John Mariska wrote:

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Many scientific journals ask that authors submit figures as eps
files, preferably using one of the standard 35 ps fonts--usually
Helvetica or Times. I've been able to tweak the matplotlib.rc
file to make eps plot files that have all the numbers and labels
in Helvetica (or Times), but have a problem dealing with simple
superscipts and subscripts. Is there a way to get simple LaTeX
strings, such as r'ergs cm$^{-2}$ s$^{-1}$', to use only
Helvetica or Times?

John Mariska

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