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Adobe's Euro currency fonts for LaTeX

[ Note: this Europs package has been merged with the fonts/euro package
so the paths in this documentation aren't correct any more.  You find all
support files apart from the Adobe fonts itself in the directory

Reinhard Zierke, 09-Aug-1999 ]

1. Introduction

This is yet another attempt to provide the Euro currency symbol for LaTeX.
There are already several solutions, but each with limited possibilities:

 - The package marvosym (by Thomas Henlich) provides a PostScript font with
   four glyphs: The official Euro symbol, and three not-so-official shapes
   which are more convenient when using the symbol together with Times,
   Helvetica or Courier.

 - The package eurosym (by Henrik Theiling) provides the Euro symbol in
   several shapes, among them one that is constructed from the exact
   specifications. The font itself is done with Metafont, which is not
   a problem by itself. But if you want to create PDFs containing the Euro
   symbol, you're bound for trouble.

 - Finally, there is a set of tfm files for Adobe's Euro fonts, which were
   placed on CTAN on behalf of Y&Y. The included (plain) TeX-example works,
   but leaves much to be desired.

2. This Package

So, several solutions, but every single one has it's drawbacks. So I decided
to try to hack something together, and that's what I came up with:

 - I use the twelve fonts distributed by Adobe, as the Y&Y package does.

 - The font names conform to Karl Berry's naming scheme. The following
   list gives the PostScript names and the corresponding TeX names. The
   two other file names in the list are used later:

     PostScript            TeX            PC             Macintosh

     EuroSans-Regular      zpeurs.pfb     _1______.PFB   EuroSanReg
     EuroSans-Italic       zpeuris.pfb    _1I_____.PFB   EuroSanIta
     EuroSans-Bold         zpeubs.pfb     _1B_____.PFB   EuroSanBol
     EuroSans-BoldItalic   zpeubis.pfb    _1BI____.PFB   EuroSanBolIta

     EuroSerif-Regular     zpeur.pfb      _3______.PFB   EuroSerReg
     EuroSerif-Italic      zpeuri.pfb     _3I_____.PFB   EuroSerIta
     EuroSerif-Bold        zpeub.pfb      _3B_____.PFB   EuroSerBol
     EuroSerif-BoldItalic  zpeubi.pfb     _3BI____.PFB   EuroSerBolIta

     EuroMono-Regular      zpeurt.pfb     _2______.PFB   EuroMonReg
     EuroMono-Italic       zpeurit.pfb    _2I_____.PFB   EuroMonIta
     EuroMono-Bold         zpeubt.pfb     _2B_____.PFB   EuroMonBol
     EuroMono-BoldItalic   zpeubit.pfb    _2BI____.PFB   EuroMonBolIta

 - I have included fd files, so that within each of the three font families
   the usual NFSS commands for changing series and shape work.

 - The file europs.sty defines five commands for selecting the Euro symbol:

     \EURhv     selects EuroSans
     \EURtm     selects EuroSerif
     \EURcr     selects EuroMono
     \EUR       selects one of the three above, depending on the current
     \EURofc    selects EuroSans Regular independent of context
                N.B.: This is the only "official" Euro symbol. If you
                      want to conform with the rules of the EU (or
                      whoever), you may only use this symbol.

   The first four names are stolen from marvosym. Although the association
   with Helvetica, Times and Courier is not necessarily intelligent, these
   names are easy to remember.

So, you can simply say

   \textsf{just my 2 \EUR}
   \textbf{\textit{just my 2 \EUR}}

and you get the symbol you expect.

3. Installation

This archive consists of the following files:

      europs.dtx      europs.ins
      eutest.ps       eutest.tex
      zpeub.tfm       zpeubi.tfm      zpeubis.tfm      zpeubit.tfm
      zpeubs.tfm      zpeubt.tfm      zpeur.tfm        zpeuri.tfm
      zpeuris.tfm     zpeurit.tfm     zpeurs.tfm       zpeurt.tfm

Install the tfm files in the appropriate place, depending on your TeX version.

You will need the Type 1 files from Adobe. For legal reasons they cannot be
included in this package. You have to fetch them personally, e.g. from




You can either unpack one of these archives on an appropriate computer, or
you can use the freely distributable "unzip" to extract the files from the
file "eurofont.exe". Once you've done this, you have to rename the fonts
according to the table shown above, i.e. _1______.PFB is renamed to
zpeurs.pfb, and so on. If you have downloaded and unpacked the Macintosh
archive, you have to extract the POST part from the resource fork of the
fonts. This can e.g. be done with the program "macfont". It is available
at your nearest CTAN mirror. Once you got the PFB files, put them into the
type1 directory of your TeX installation.

Append(!!) zpeu.map to psfonts.map, and, if you are using pdfTeX, zpeu.pdfmap
to the appropriate mapping file, so that dvips and pdfTeX know how to handle
these fonts. Note: dvips prior to 5.80 has problems with partial font
downloading in general, and with Adobe's Euro fonts in particular. You can
say "dvips -j0 ..." to switch off partial font downloading completely, but
this may increase the size of the generated PostScript file. You should
really get the most recent version of dvips, which can be found at


Most TeX distributions include new versions of the individual programs quite
fast, so you may want to check your distribution for a recent version of

Process europs.ins with TeX or LaTeX. This will produce a style file and
three font definition files. Move them to a place where LaTeX can find them.

Now you should be able to use the Euro currency symbol.

4. Bugs

Probably many. If you find one, or want a feature to be added, please contact

   Joern Clausen
   University of Bielefeld, Faculty of Technology

Download the contents of this package in one zip archive (28.6k).

europs – Access to Adobe’s Euro currency symbol fonts

Provides access to Adobe’s Euro currency symbol fonts from . The fonts are named using Karl Berry’s naming scheme, providing fd files and a style file to use the fonts directly, and providing four macros: \EURtm, \EURhv, \EURcr and \EUR (from marvosym). The actual symbol they produce depends on the currently active font, i.e., they follow font changes caused by \text.. and other NFSS commands.

The fonts themselves are only available from Adobe (though the fonts are free of charge, the licence conditions prevent CTAN from distributing them). Metrics and maps for using the fonts (at all) are available via the adobe-euro package.

Copyright1998 Jörn Clausen
MaintainerJörn Clausen
Contained inMiKTeX as eurofont
TopicsFont support
See alsomarvosym
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